Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! Today, my Dad, Mom and sister came up to Boston and we took a ferry out to the Harbor Islands. It was a gorgeous day and we got the perfect mix of water and land to meet everyone’s liking.
My Dad has always had an admirable music collection and I was raised to appreciate all sorts of styles. I look back today on everything he played and while at the times, I didn’t always appreciate mariachi (for example) blasting at 7:30AM, I’m really happy that he exposed me to it and all the other wonderful genres he is into…which doesn’t exclude much. 🙂
My Dad has one of those sense of humors that likes to occasionally have fun at everyone else’s musical expense. I.e. He plays what he wants to listen to, not what anyone else does, and he plays it LOUD. I’m talking neighborhood soundtrack loud.
Years ago, he was traveling every month to some exotic place for work and would always come back with CDs from wherever he was. I still remember the ridiculous number of albums he brought back from New Zealand which leads me to introduce my focus song of the day. “Barricades and Brickwalls” is at times a painful song for me to listen to. The wailing, twangy, almost yodel-like voice of Kasey Chambers sometimes makes me want to put earplugs in indefinitely. And yet, I love her and I can’t help but love this song. My Dad brought home her earlier album, The Captain, during a trip back from NZ and my sister and I spent lots of time singing along to it in the kitchen…not always intentionally. The music is just so damn catchy.
Anyway, prepare to have this song stuck in your head for days. I recommend singing along to it fiercely (half-hearted isn’t good enough) while doing Sunday morning dishes and/or laundry. Put some soul into it and let your inner wail out.
*Note: I could not find a clip of the album version of this song to share, but I highly recommend tracking it down on Amazon. It’s pretty bad-ass. In the meantime, I am including an acoustic, live rendition for your listening pleasure.