A Playlist For … My Dad, The DJ

My mom has always said that every song she hears on the radio reminds her of my dad. In the past, she has said that if she ever lost DJ, my dad, she would never be able to listen to another song for as long as she lived, which is both extremely romantic and pretty dramatic. I’m starting to agree with her more and more everyday as I take a closer look at my music collection and see his influence across almost every song I listen to. His taste ranges from rock and roll to pop music, from comedy to country and from old tracks to new bops. I know my mom is right particularly because I can almost always see or hear him when I listen to these songs, they don’t just remind me of him. To me, these songs sound like driving up to New Paltz or Pennsylvania with my dad, his fingers drumming on the steering wheel or strumming the side of it like a bass. Others sound like him dancing around in the kitchen, pretending like he is performing a solo on his imaginary (specifically corded) microphone or jamming on the broomstick guitar. I can often hear his DJ voice introducing each of these songs, perfectly timed for the first note to begin and for the memories to come flooding back.

Your Song by Elton John

Bad Connection by Yazoo

Pop Life by Prince, The Revolution 

My Neck, My Back (Lick It) by Khia

Kill The Lights (with Nile Rodgers) by Alex Newell

Water by Brad Paisley

Speechless by Lady Gaga

Love Again by Dua Lipa

Your House by Alanis Morissette

After The Lovin’ by Engelbert Humperdinck

Go West by Village People

Rain King by Counting Crows

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? by Carole King

Sad by Elton John vs Pnau

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John Alexander is a second year creative writing major from Port Washington, New York. You can catch him running around campus trying to catch his breath between The Oracle and Absolut A Cappella meetings. This is his first year on The Oracle team. You can reach him by emailing alexandj14@newpaltz.edu.