Teaching My Boys

The other night I took my boys out for a car ride to pick up some dry firewood. I love impromptu road trips with my kids, because you never know what will happen. The three of us jumped into the Flex, and made our way out to Yarrow. I try to make it a habit of connecting with my kids when we are in the car together by asking them all sorts of questions. Another way I try connecting on a heart level with my kids is by telling my kids stories about when I was younger.

This trip I decided it was time to teach my boys about the music I listened to when I was growing up. Music has always been a big part of my life. Some of my fondest memories are from sleep overs at my Aunt Sue and Uncle Bill’s apartment. There was always music in that apartment. I remember waking up on Saturday mornings to Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, or Burton Cummings on the radio. As I got older, my childhood hero, Greg Kuepfer making mixed tapes. I remember being introduced to banks like Danzig, Rollins Band, and the Beastie Boys. This was a magical time in my life. Music wasn’t only something we enjoyed listening to, it was also medicinal.

Music in the 90’s was incredible! In my opinion, some of the best music to ever be written and recorded came out of the 90’s. Bands like, Soundgarden, Screaming Trees, Blues Travelers Band, Blind Melon, Temple Of The Dog, Alice In Chains, SilverChair, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, and the list goes on and on. For me though, the band I fell in love with the most was, Pearl Jam. I loved everything about them! Their sound, their style, their attitude was so cool. They oozed coolness. Another reason why I loved the band so much was because of Eddie Vedder. Man, could Eddie ever sing!

As we headed to Yarrow I put on a little Pearl Jam (from the 1st album) and gave my boys a history lesson. They loved listening to it! Memphis was especially fond of the bands rendition of Crazy Mary. We continued to rock out to ’10’ the entire trip from Abbotsford to Yarrow, and back home again. It was so much fun hanging out with my boys and creating memories.

What about you? What type of music do you enjoy listening to?

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