The music of our parents tends to make a big impression on us as children, since it often serves as our introduction to all music.
So since today is Father's Day, I wanted to ask in the vote: what was your father's favorite music, when you were growing up? Did it become your favorite music? Or did you go in a different direction? Is there music that particularly reminds you of your father?
It's hard for me to pin down what kind of music my father liked best - his ample collection of LPs included a nice compilation of classical records, but it also included a lot of musicals (Mame, the Sound of Music, Camelot), a bit of jazz (Dave Brubeck), a few crooners (Johnny Mathis).
Dad was the one who got us an eight-track tape player (anyone remember those?), and on that we listened many times to a recording he brought home: the soundtrack to the original "Star Wars."
When I joined the youth orchestra, it was Dad who took me to the record store several times a year and bought me LPs of the music that we were playing - that's how I came to know Dvorak Symphony No. 8, Beethoven 7, Capriccio Español, the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and many other works. Thank you, Dad!
In the car, he always had the dial on the classical station, KVOD ("Voice of Denver"!).
What kind of music did your father listen to, and how did it affect you? Please participate in the vote and then tell us about it in the comments. And...Happy Father's day!
Thanks to Diana Skinner for this Weekend Vote idea. If you have an idea for the Weekend Vote, please e-mail me. I welcome your ideas!
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