Times my dad schooled me about music
And one time I schooled him.
- •Sukiyaki / SukiyakiIn the mid-90s I was really into this song by 4PM called Sukiyaki. It came on the radio while my dad was driving and he told me it was based on an old Japanese pop song by the same name that he listened to when he was stationed there. Years later I downloaded it and it's excellent. Honestly, both are pretty good. Always wondered how the original got selected to be reimagined by a second-rate 90s R&B group though.
- •Babe / Camille Saint-SaënsI really like the little bossa nova song the mice sing in Babe - "if I had words to make a day for you," etc. My dad liked it too and told me the melody was from Symphony No. 3 by the composer Camille Saint-Saëns and he let me borrow the CD. It remains one of my favorite classical songs of all time and I walked down the aisle to it at my wedding.
- •All Saints / Amazing GraceAt another time in my life I was into the song Never Ever by All Saints. My dad told me the chord progressions were from Amazing Grace. They totally are and it's probably the only reason I like the song. Amazing Grace makes me cry every time I hear it and I'm not Christian or even religious.
- •LaylaWhen my dad found out I was into the acoustic version of Layla he made me listen to the original electric version on vinyl and explained why it was so much better.
- •Dave Matthews / Little FeatI was really into the live DMB album Listener Supported, particularly that version of Crash Into Me and the part at the end where he sings "I will be your Dixie chicken if you'll be my Tennessee lamb / we can walk together down in the Dixie land." My friend who liked country music told me the line was from a Garth Brooks song, but my dad schooled us both and said it was originally from a Little Feat song called Dixie Chicken. I promptly permanently borrowed his Little Feat CD.
- •Queen / BowieListening to Under Pressure in the car once, my dad tried to tell me it was a Bowie song remade by Queen. I told him nope, it was a collaboration that they improvised in the studio. He didn't believe me, but later I googled it and proved I was right. Victory!