Spurgeon's General Warning: Blaming the Parents

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I remember taking a little bit of heat when I admitted I knew very, very few Garth Brooks songs upon attending his show at Bridgestone last December. In fact, while writing this, I couldn’t even remember his name and had to remind myself by Googling “Chris Gaines.” But I can’t be held responsible! Growing up, country music of any sort was a non-entity in my household. My dad is a straight-up metal fan (ranging from the shitty to the astonishingly shitty) and my mom … well, the older I get, the more I realize she’s where I get a lot of my musical preferences from. We were not a family of musicians, and by and large stuck to The Hits. But I mean, my first crush was on Davy Jones. I was a weird 4-year-old, but again, I can’t be held responsible.

Below are the core four artists in particular I remember listening to via Cindy, aka my mom. But we should all respect and enjoy them, because they are, to a one, amazing. Thanks mom!

Elton John! Fun fact: He and partner David Furnish had a baby born via surrogate last Christmas, and Levon is the kid’s middle name. That is so correct I can hardly stand it.

Billy Joel! This song is in my mom’s favorite movie, 13 Going on 30. Or maybe her favorite movie is Legally Blonde, I can't remember. Anyway, I want to go to New York and get wasted with Billy Joel. Don't tell her.

ELO! I vaguely recall Cindy telling me a story about getting teenage drunk and seeing ELO in concert. So infinitely jealous. (She was probs high, too. Let’s be real.)

Supertramp! Roger Hodgson must be kind of a dick because it’s difficult to find any decent Supertramp videos on YouTube. Anyway, “Take the Long Way Home” is one of my Favorite Songs of All Time, probably because I really relate to the ennui of famous middle-aged men.

Did the music your parents played/listened to affect your adult tastes one way or the other? If you’re a parent, do you try to instill your preferences in your kids or is it not even a consideration? I’m genuinely curious!

(Love you mom!)

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