Tag: classic rock

Rocking the cradle: 5 classic rock artists who became dads after age 60

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IigRv6B763k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br>1. Eric Clapton. He welcomed daughter Sophie in early 2005 right before his 60th birthday. I wonder if she has her father's eyes.
Earlier today it was announced Billy Joel and his wife welcomed a new baby girl in New York this morning. At age 66, he joins a distinguished list of his classic rock peers who also became fathers later in life. Now, I was a month shy of my 38th birthday when I gave birth to... Read more »

My top 10 Chicago classic rock songs

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qWj_7XOhUxo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br>10. "Super Bowl Shuffle" by the Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew. Okay, okay, technically this isn't classic rock but I remember this was very popular in early 1986, right before the Bears crushed the Patriots in Super Bowl XX. Everything about this screams the 80s: the heavy synth, the video editing, the (cough, cough) choreography. Just remember they were athletes, not musicians. This isn't the full song but I figured 30 seconds is more than enough.
Last week I compiled this list of New York songs. Between this list and heading out to US Cellular Field over the weekend to cheer for the Yankees, I think it’s safe to say my craving for all things New York has been satisfied. So now as promised, as I enjoy some leftover Giordano’s for... Read more »

10 New York classic rock songs that remind me of home

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5IvxpNTNmzs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br>1. "Shattered" by The Rolling Stones. This song captures "Taxi Driver" New York City of the late 1970s, the New York my family was afraid of me moving to. Of course, by the time I got there 20 years later the city was much cleaned up.  I like this video because it includes images of the city at the time.
As wonderful and welcoming Chicagoland has been, from time to time I do think of home. Even here there are reminders of home all around, like the two cars with New York license plates I saw while driving around yesterday. Of course, the Yankees are coming to town this weekend. These reminders seldom slip by.... Read more »

Classic rock for breakfast: 10 at 10s at 9 and 10

Every weekday morning, if my schedule allows, I take a trip back in classic rock time with not just one, but two hours of the 10 at 10. The first hour is a 10 at 10 I have been listening to for years, 107.1 FM The Peak based in Westchester County, New York. The channel... Read more »

Mommy is becoming an 80s cover band groupie

One of the aspects of living in Chicagoland I have enjoyed the most so far is easy access to all the outdoor festivals. Every weekend there seems to be something going on somewhere. And I am really loving it! I have a confession to make. The real reason I like to go is to check... Read more »

When was Ferris Bueller's day off?

I am a child of the 80’s generation. I can tell you the first few videos MTV aired. I wore Madonna-esque lace bows in my permed hair that I bleached with Sun-In. Therefore, it makes total sense that I love the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” so much I have it memorized. This was true... Read more »

Playlist from my classic rock radio show (including bonus tracks cut from original set)

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XI5aD6m7ub0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br>1. "Beginnings" by Chicago. I couldn't think of a more appropriate way to kick the hour off. Aside from the fact it's, well, Chicago, a band I have loved for years, it really is a beginning for me here.
Recently I had the privilege of being picked as the Sunday Night Star on 97.1 FM The Drive, the local classic rock station, and my show aired this past Sunday night. I have listened to radio all my life, AM and FM, so it’s always been a dream of mine to be on the radio.... Read more »

My favorite Mad Men closing credit songs

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2b6rm5yTx44" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br>10. "Words of Love" by the Mamas and Papas. This was featured in "The Crash", season 6, episode 8, a great episode I watched again last night during the AMC marathon. If you haven't seen it, check it out. It's a plot that could only happen in the late 60s showing a crazy weekend at the office, including drugs, hippies, sex, hallucinations among others.
Over the past few days, there has been growing speculation as to what will happen on tonight’s Mad Men series finale on AMC. There is also growing speculation about what the final credit song will be, if any. Since the beginning, the closing credit songs have been just as much a part of the show... Read more »

My top 10 age appropriate classic rock songs

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1T9apksOv6k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br>10. "Forever Young" by Rod Stewart.  This is from the same artist who gave us "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" not even 10 years earlier?  I don't think it's possible for this song to be more different. To me, it's like an Irish (or in this case, English) blessing from a father to his children.
In my last post I compiled my list of age inappropriate classic rock songs I have exposed my children to in the car. Believe it or not, my children really do listen to more than sex and drugs with their rock and roll. So, here is my list of the most age appropriate songs we... Read more »

My top 10 age inappropriate classic rock songs

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5oVBvxA0mm0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br>10. "Smokin"In the Boy's Room" original by Brownsville Station, remake by Motley Crue. I don't ever want to find out my son was smoking anything, at school or anywhere.
I love classic rock. One of the reasons why I can’t wait until we move from the rental into the new house in two weeks is because I can finally unpack all the boxes, including the one which contains one of my all-time favorite books, “The Heart of Rock and Soul, 1001 Greatest Singles Ever... Read more »