Fathers and fatherhood are universal themes. Nineteen stories for Fathers’ Day, and every day.
Brian Nankervis plays Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde album while driving to the family home to organise his father’s funeral. At the 2018 Williamstown Literary Festival Brian narrated the story with our band playing Dylan’s Sooner Or Later (One Of Must Know). In the audience, tears here and there.
Nick Gadd rocks and cradles his colic-wracked daughter while listening to Protection by Massive Attack. He has also written about taking the same daughter for driving lessons, 18 years later, and thinking about The Suburbs by Arcade Fire. Both stories have been part of our concerts.
Maria Majsa draws a poignant connection between her troubled father’s hidden love of music and her teenage son’s performance of a Fleet Foxes song.
Hugh Jones writes about escorting his three teenage daughters to their first big concerts, the same band each time: The Killers
Vin Maskell remembers the only time his father talked about Bob Dylan. Ten words was all he needed.
Zaza N tells a lovely father-daughter story about school drop-offs, Into My Arms and meeting Nick Cave outside a frozen yoghurt shop in Melbourne.
Luke Davies’ dad died earlier this year. My dad liked Frank Sinatra, so my aunt told me. “He loved Frank. We used to dance to him and others in that era,” she went on to say. It was all news to me. Luke writes about My Way. And mowing lawns.
David Oke watches his musician son Dan, of the band Jarrow, and thinks: ‘Where did that come from?’ ‘What has he been up to without our knowledge?’ ‘What else don’t we know about our eldest son?’ David also writes about his younger son Liam, in a story about Wind of Change (which caught the attention of BBC Radio in July).
US writer Laura Grace Weldon remembers her father’s love of music via Never My Love by The Association. The only thing my dad owned of his father’s was a guitar, which he taught himself to play. Supervising little kids’ baths was one of my dad’s chores in the parental division of duties, so he’d sit on the toilet lid singing and strumming that guitar while we played in the tub.
Stephen Andrew introduces his young son to Brimful Of Asha by Cornershop. No matter that Tenzin didn’t know that Asha Bhosle is perhaps India’s most famous movie soundtrack singer, or that he was soon to garner smiles and raised eyebrows from his teachers when he sang out the song’s tagline Everybody needs a bosom for a pillow during snack time at kinder.
Rick Kane recalls the first time he, and his father, saw Boy George on Countdown.
Chris thinks of his dad whenever he hears Hank Williams.
Cassandra Atkinson re-visits the smell of home brew while making sense of a Paul Kelly song about family and gravy.
Kerrie Soraghan comes to appreciate one of her father’s favourite songs, Song Sung Blue, many years after his passing.
Bruce Jenkins, of the splendid Vinyl Connection and Lonely Keyboards sites, waxes lyrical about Harry Chapin and Cats In The Cradle.
Danny Katz’s yarn about Cats In The Cradle was first published in The Age newspaper and then became part of our shows in Albury, Glen Eira and Williamstown, before being broadcast on ABC Radio Melbourne.
And, Lucia Nardo pays touching tribute to her father’s devotion to his wife and to his piano accordion, via Lili Marlene.