I read a post by fellow #blogjune writer Katie Klogs on the songs her parents gave her. It made me think back to the hours I'd spend after school, pawing through my dad's CD collection. Or the times we'd sit around as a family, singing karaoke.
My dad has great taste in music, in my opinion. But of course I'd say that. I grew up listening to whatever he had in the house - mostly rock, country and love ballads, but a range of other things too. Here are some songs that have stuck with me over the years.
I'm warning you, I'm a massive dag for music. Grab a cuppa, sit back, and join me while I reminisce and feel like a kid again.
Stupid Cupid (Connie Francis) - my first karaoke song!
End of the World (Skeeter Davis)
My Way (Frank Sinatra)
Sometimes When We Touch (Rod Stewart)
Can't Take My Eyes Off You (Frankie Valli) - I'm not sure which version I grew up with, but this one's my favourite today.
Lodi (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)
House of the Rising Sun (Animals)
Still Got The Blues (Gary Moore)
Right Here Waiting (Richard Marx)
And because language was never a musical barrier in our household...
La Bamba (Ritchie Valens)
Ai Pia Cia E Ya - classic Hokkien song meaning, "to win, you must give your all". A Chinese New Year karaoke favourite.
无言的结局 - classic Mandarin duet meaning, "silent conclusion". Another karaoke favourite at our house.
Benci Tapi Rindu (Diana Nasution)
Every now and then, I get nostalgic for a big karaoke fest, but I've found I can't have a karaoke night with friends without copious amounts of alcohol involved - which, by the way, is terrible for your voice.
But you know, times change. As some people get older, the develop the ability to sing and dance in public while sober. I have hope. Maybe that's something else my dad gave me. :)