OA: Rock Cesario Column September 12, 2008

Music makes great milestones

Marking milestones in your life with music is something that many of us do.

This year has been the one for the most special in my life.

Both of our children graduated this year. At my daughter’s graduation, Doug Kershaw was given an honorary degree in music from the University of Northern Colorado.

My son’s graduating class at Grand Junction High School ended its ceremony with Tom Petty’s great “I Won’t Back Down.”

Next was my daughter’s wedding in July. She married a wonderful young man who we love and are proud to have as a son-in-law.

At the wedding, one of their friends and a member of the wedding party said during his tribute to the couple
that when our daughter Loryn first came to school, what struck him about her was her incredible taste in and knowledge of music.

I don’t remember all of the music from the wedding, but the highlights for me were “Bright Eyes,” with “First Day Of My Life” as they were walking down the aisle.

There was, of course, the father-daughter dance to “Little Miss Magic” from Jimmy Buffett. Bob Dylan’s “I Want You” was also played and I told the kids it was the song that made me a fan of Bob Dylan when I was in middle school.

They also played the Beach Boys’ “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “God Only Knows,” the Rolling Stones’ “Under My Thumb” and “Ruby Tuesday,” Bruce Springsteen’s “All I’m Thinking About” and the Beatles’ “When I’m Sixty-Four,” among others.

All in all, it was an excellent selection of songs both new and old classics from a couple in their early 20s.

Now, fast forward to my baby sister’s wedding last Saturday in Denver.

It was an extravagant affair with a string quartet for the ceremony and a pianist for the reception.

It was during the dinner and the dance that followed that we were able to enjoy the music that my sister and her husband selected. The bride and groom dance was to Pat Suzuki’s stunning cover of “How High the Moon” from the movie “Biloxi Blues.”

The father-daughter dance was to Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World.”

One of the very first songs after that was “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” which was one of my favorite songs when
I was 12 and is still a favorite.

Bobby Darin’s great “Beyond the Sea” was requested by our mother. Other songs I remember were Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed,” Herb Alpert’s “This Guy’s In Love with You,” “For You Blue” from the Beatles, Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” and too many others to remember.

I danced with my wife more that night than I have in years. At one point, I think the whole family was out there dancing.

One memory that is not so clear is that of my aunt dragging me out on the dance floor to the Bee Gee’s classic “Staying Alive.” The last time I danced to that song I still had hair and Jimmy Carter was president.

The sad part was that I couldn’t keep up with my aunt who is still partying the night away at 72 years young.

Our son Matt informed me that he was the last one in our family to leave the party, but not before getting the DJ to play some AC/DC and Boston. Now there’s a good boy.

We have one more wedding to go to this year, and the pressure is on Cliff and Julie. But I am not worried because Cliff is a customer of Triple Play and Julie was the most overqualified person who has ever worked there.

I am looking forward to their music.

Rock Cesario owns Triple Play Records, 530 Main St., and hosts “Acoustic Sunday” from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday on Drive 105.3 FM. E-mail him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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