It's Mother's Day and I want to wish a big happy one to all the moms who are reading this. Yes, both of you! Hahaha, I hope there are more than that, but regardless, you have the toughest and most rewarding job on the planet. Congratulations to you for a job well done. Please remember that, whenever things get tough with the kids, that it could have been much, much worse.
You could have been my mom!
Now there are a ton of songs with the word "mother" or "mama" in them. And there are some big time performers with songs like Mama Told Me Not to Come, Your Mama Don't Dance and Mother and Child Reunion. But I'm not going to put any Three Dog Night, Loggins and Messina or Paul Simon on this list. Why? I don't know, I just don't feel like listening to them or watching the videos. I'm going with some other tracks that I hope you'll enjoy. And maybe I can get you to comment on my idiocy or my brilliance for leaving these songs off the list. Thoughts? Bring 'em!
Here's a couple of tracks to help celebrate our mom's. They deserve it. First up, the greatest rock band of all time, the Beatles with Your Mother Should Know. I don't quite get this song. My mother ALWAYS seemed to know. Well, about some things anyway. It's always a good post when you start with the Beatles, and so this qualifies as a good post, right? Right!
You already know that Bruce Springsteen has big daddy issues, but he is also a mama's boy. Most of us are, by the way, well, if you're a boy. He wrote a sweet song about his mom that was an outtake from the Tunnel of Love album. That song, The Wish, has some really heartfelt lyrics, like the following: "And if it's a funny old world, mama, where a little boy's wishes come true, well I got a few in my pocket and a special one just for you." Awwww, isn't that nice?
Taylor Swift is a big mama's girl. And with her song The Best Day she pays tribute to dear old mom. I always liked the way Taylor poured her heart out with touching songs that were very personal in nature. This one is a great example. And those home movies are lovely and make me remember my own kids when they were little. I miss those days, but I'm so glad that I had them.
Jeez, that was a tear jerker. How about appreciating mom's struggles? How about some wicked guitar? How about Lucifer's own band putting out a song to mom that is a bit different than Bruce's and Taylor's moving songs. Here are the Rolling Stones with Mother's Little Helper.
That helped me. I always prefer the darker side of life in my songs. The American Stones, also known as Aerosmith, had a song called Mama Kin that I used to play at full volume. I did that in the car, in my house, and wherever I otherwise found myself. I"m not sure that it has anything to do with motherhood other than the fact that it has the word Mama in its title, but it sure does rock. And without further ado:
Metallica and mothers are two words not generally linked in the same sentence. I did celebrate mother's day one time by going to a Metallica concert, but that's a different story. James Hetfield lost his mom when he was a teenager, and he wrote a very un-Metallica like song called Mama Said that is a tribute to her. In fact, it's a country song. What the hey?
As you know, I'm a big Thin Lizzy fan. Phil Lynott's mother was named Philomena, and this eponymous track has some big time loving words for Phil's mom. Here's a sample:
And if you see my mother
Tell her I’m keeping fine
Will you tell her that I love her
And I’ll try and write sometime
Phil's mom found him unconscious due to his heroin dependency. He never regained consciousness. He was only 36. Damn, that's hard for mom.
That was heavy. It's time to lighten this up and give Mom some loving. Fountains of Wayne did just that with a song about someone else's mother. Stacy's Mom is a pop masterpiece. And it's a weird end to my Mother's Day tribute. But it rocks, it's about loving a mom, and hey, it's just so rock 'n' roll to go where you shouldn't go! That suits me just fine.
Happy Mother's Day! See you soon.
My name is Bill, and I live in the greater Philadelphia area. I love music, and I have a lot of opinions. This site is primarily focused on music, but sometimes I get off track. I hope you enjoy.