Mom And Dad's Record Collection
Sep 7, 2012 — Don McLean's song helped a listener "bridge a gap between [her] long-deceased father and baby boy."
Aug 30, 2012 — Listener Melanie Cowart says things were rarely easy for her parents — one of whom was black and one white — in Depression-era Missouri. Porter's "Begin the Beguine," one of their favorite songs, became a fitting symbol of their relationship.
Aug 23, 2012 — A child of Hollywood royalty explains how, in her childhood, one band opened her mind to "the mathematics of music."
Aug 16, 2012 — An NPR listener spent a chunk of his childhood making the journey from "Back in the U.S.S.R." to "Good Night," playing his father's copy of The Beatles over and over. The album was destroyed, but the son's love for music and for his father remain to this day.
Aug 7, 2012 — The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author says he'll never forget his mother's renditions of Nat King Cole songs.
Aug 2, 2012 — The Tony-winning lyricist and composer says "El Padre Antonio y Su Monaguillo Andres," a song by Blades, helped him understand the interplay of music and lyrics. Miranda says he didn't notice how dark Blades' song was at first, but eventually figured out what a powerful trick he'd pulled off.
Jul 26, 2012 — A listener grew up hating her dad's musical taste, especially Warren Zevon's "Werewolves in London."
Jul 19, 2012 — Saxophonist and composer Ravi Coltrane — son of John and Alice — says his mother's love of symphonic music provided a childhood soundtrack for him and his siblings.
Jul 12, 2012 — The Irish singer-songwriter explains how a Pat Boone song helped his mother through a troubled marriage.
Jul 3, 2012 — NPR listener John Keating recalls leaving South Africa for America during apartheid, and the patriotic tune that marked the experience.