The days of making mixed tapes has come and gone but it is still a heart-warming idea to gather songs for sentimental reasons. Father’s day might be one of those sentimental times. My own father loves the Louis Armstrong rendition of What a Wonderful World and every time I hear it, I remember and miss him.
Music moves the soul. It does whether or not you think that you have one that can be moved or not.
Music offers a valued companion, helps provide a comfortable level of activation and a positive mood. (Schäfer, T., Sedlmeier, P., Städtler, C., & Huron, D., 2013).
So, on Father’s Day, let’s remember dad with some songs whose melodies and lyrics reflect the love that we feel for them whether we’ve been able tell him how we feel or not. Here is a sampling of songs and the lyrics that honor dad.
Dance with my Father – Luther Vandross
“My father would lift me high / And dance with my mother and me and then / Spin me around til I fell asleep / Then up the stairs he would carry me / And I knew for sure I was loved”
Daddy – Beyonce
“And that’s why / I want my unborn son to be like my daddy / I want my husband
to be like my daddy / There is no one else like my daddy”
My Father’s Eyes – Eric Clapton
“When the light begins to shine / And I hear those ancient lullabies… Bit by bit, I’ve realized / That’s when I need them / That’s when I need my father’s eyes”
Babyfather – Sade
“For you, he’s the best he can be / Oh, child don’t you know? / Your daddy love come with a lifetime guarantee”
Song for My Dad – Keith Urban
“The older I get the more I can see / How much he loved my mother and my brother and me / And he did the best that he could / And I only hope when I have my own family That everyday I see a little more of my father in me”
Things my Father Said – Black Stone Cherry
“The things my father said would make me a better man / Hard work and the love of friends, a woman that understands / I hope my father knows the seeds we’ve sown still grow / At night I go to sleep and pray he is watching over me”
Schäfer, T., Sedlmeier, P., Städtler, C., & Huron, D. (2013). The psychological functions of music listening. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 511. http://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00511