Last Monday was my Dad’s 70th birthday and on the Saturday before we organised a big party for family and friends. It was a really successful event and a big part of that success was the music. We had a live band in the shape of The Window Trees — the band my sister sings in — but I’d also organised the music for people to dance to at the end of the night.
I’d spent a lot of time creating a suitable playlist but in the end I didn’t use very much of it. Apparently the secret to filling the dance floor at a seventieth birthday is just to play lots of rock ‘n’ roll classics. So instead I used what I’d prepared as the basis for a special ‘mixtape’ which would act as my present to my Dad.
The Spotify version of this is below. It begins with some of the hits of 1943 and then winds its way across decade and genre hopefully touching on most of the areas of my Dad’s musical tastes. I’m quite pleased with it and post it here for your enjoyment.
This content was originally posted on my old Strange Thoughts blog.