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I’m Gonna Watch You Shine, Gonna Watch You Grow

This week’s (belated) post is in honor of fathers. Y’know, it’s funny: when it came time to talk about Mother’s Day, I had several songs to choose from that praise moms. However, now that it’s Father’s Day here in the US, I couldn’t find as much selection praising the dads of the world. Apparently to make it in my music library (current song total: 20,973 and counting) you must have some major daddy issues. Almost every song with “father” or “dad” in the title was about pain, resentment, and abandonment. I think that this is a colossal shame, as I know some really amazing fathers. Most notable is my own dad: I am an unabashed daddy’s girl, and I know for a fact that my dad is one of the best people in the whole world. I still look up to him even though I’m (technically) an adult, and I hope that I can be as magical and full of wonder and joy as he is when I get to be his age. He’s one of the funnest people to be around, and every time we hang out we have a blast. Maybe that explains why I never followed my fleeting rock star dreams: I’m too well-adjusted, and I have a great relationship with my father.

If I can get back into songwriting (which I haven’t done in several years, but enjoyed briefly) I’ll certainly make it my goal to write a kick-ass anthem for great dads. Until then, I have at least two songs that always make me think of my father and smile.

It’s hard to go wrong with anything Paul Simon in my book, but this song in particular, “Father and Daughter,” really touched my heart. I remember the first time that I heard it: I was in my car, driving across a bridge, and I heard this song on the radio. I wasn’t paying much attention to it, but then the chorus came on: There could never be a father who loved his daughter more than I love you. Suddenly I was listening intently. I loved the sentiment, and I knew without a shadow of a doubt that’s how my own father felt (and continues to feel) about my sisters and me. Now whenever I hear this song I think of my dad and feel really lucky and really, really loved.

Perhaps it’s unsurprising, given how close I am to my dad, but A Little Princess has always been one of my absolute favourite children’s books. I recall watching the Shirley Temple movie based on the novel and loving it as well, but then Alfonso Cuaron came out with his film version and took my breath away. I can’t watch it without feeling waves of super intense emotions, so when my favourite remix artist, Pogo, came out with this song, “Whisperlude,” based on the movie, I literally sat transfixed in front of my computer screen as tears welled up in my eyes. After that I immediately popped the DVD in and rewatched the whole film, then I went and spent the day with my dad. It’s pretty amazing how Pogo can recreate all of the drama and wonder of a gorgeous and complex film into a remix less than four minutes long. It’s yet another reason why I am in awe of him, and another song to add to my repertoire of feel-good father tunes.

Happy Father’s Day, and thanks to all the great fathers of the world for being awesome!

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My Return To Never Never Land

It’s been kind of a funny day. Ever have one of those oddly timeless days where you seem to be in a bubble, neither moving forward nor backward, just kind of floating merrily along? I have so much to do today, and slowly I’m getting things done, but I’m also very zen about everything, which is not like me at all (though I wish that were the case). At any rate, of course my trusty iTunes is shuffling up random songs here and there, when all of a sudden “Alice” by Pogo begins playing.

It was one of those inexplicably perfect moments in time where music and melody carried my zen mood even further along, elevating it to a new level of bliss. You may recall me writing about Pogo earlier in this blog’s life. I’m still completely over the moon for this guy’s work. He has this amazing way of taking sounds from the films that shaped my views and memories, indeed often my morals and dreams, and making them into incredibly soulful and lovely works of audible art. I usually listen to “Upular” whenever I need a punch of energy or joy, so “Alice” coming on randomly today wasn’t exactly like rediscovering an old favourite. It just felt like slipping on that perfectly comfortable sweater that has been just out of view in your closet, the one that you didn’t even realize you were missing until it’s snuggling warmly around your body.

So I went on good ol’ YouTube to rewatch the video, and that’s when I discovered one of his newest gems, “Bloom.”

Say what you will about Disney, but a whole heaping lot of us grew up on those films, myself included. Watching even the tiny snippets of the films in this video almost brought me to tears. It makes me feel tender and hopeful like I did as a child, and that’s something that I don’t get to feel that often in every day adult life (even if you’re a particularly magical individual like yours truly here). I really don’t know how Pogo does it, but his music touches me in a way that few modern-day artists can. Maybe one of these days I’ll try my hand at crafting ye olde fan letter to tell him as much. Regardless of whether that happens or not, I’m very grateful for his musical brand of nostalgia. It’s important to have things that can take you out of your daily grind mentality and put you in a headspace that’s a lot more clear, simple, emotional, and beautiful. I hope that you have something like Pogo in your musical library, dear little earbuds, to remind you of all the good things in life.

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