Music has always been a huge part of my life, even though I possess no talent related to it whatsoever. Sometimes, it was the music that did all the thinking for me and answered the tough questions when it seemed impossible to make sense of the world. Sometimes, it was there to put an extra note of happiness on the best times. Happy or sad, the music often just said it better.
It all started with “Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen, which I shamelessly shouted at the top of my lungs during my first potty times. Later, it was the Red Hot Chili Peppers as a young, lost and angry teen; Bob Dylan as a wannabe poet; Led Zeppelin after discovering cannabis; Deer Tick while getting through a rough breakup; and Leonard Cohen and jazz after meeting the one true love of my life. Now, more than 30 years after “Louie Louie,” my musical obsessions are centered around the birth of my son.
My wife and I only recently became parents, but it immediately changed our lives. The emotions and happiness are truly something I couldn’t anticipate. One of the first things I felt strongly was that urge to hear my happiness. Many songs came to mind, whether or not they had anything to do with children or parenting, so I decided to make a playlist that captures many of the thoughts and emotions that have been running through my head.
While this is one person’s soundtrack for the greatest moment of their life, other dads (and moms for that matter) will certainly benefit from pressing play on at least a few of these tracks.