For Christmas of 1983, I asked my parents for a copy of SPORTS on vinyl. When December 25th finally arrived, there was just a tiny bit of disappointment when I discovered a copy of Huey Lewis & The News' 1980 self-titled debut in my stocking instead... on cassette. I'd soon come to realize that, like SPORTS, it was also a great album... and one that I'd play often.
I don't remember the exact dates, but at some point in 1984, my Dad picked up a copy of "The Heart of Rock & Roll" on a 7-inch 45rpm single. Soon after, I finally snagged my own copy of SPORTS, and now - nearly three decades later - SPORTS hangs framed on my office wall here at Rock Father HQ, while that single still lives within a small, DC Comics Superheroes "Record Carrying Case" that I have stored in my garage. There, "The Heart of Rock & Roll" is kept company by singles from 1986's FORE! and 1988's SMALL WORLD. After that, I quit buying vinyl for awhile... But Huey Lewis & The News stuck with me, and even snuck into my own performances as an adult.
It's May of 2013, and just five months out from my 37th birthday as I write this entry. Now, Capitol Records has released a Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition of SPORTS, completely remastered, and partnered with choice live versions of each song - presented as an 18-track collection. While I haven't picked up the new release just yet, I knew that the anniversary was coming, and a couple of months ago, I started introducing my daughters to the sonic legacy of Huey Lewis & The News.
While Finn isn't quite a year-old yet, Addie will be four later this year, and she gets it - dancing up a storm when the music starts playing. As a parent, I've been becoming reacquainted with much of the music that I grew up on by introducing it to my little ones. I hope that they'll become well-rounded in their musical exploration and love - as I have been - and in a world where "musical discovery" is largely taking place within the cold confines of a digital realm, devoid of the real-world record stores and weekly "Top 40" countdowns that I grew up on, I feel that it's part of my duty as a Father... as The Rock Father... to teach them about "The Heart of Rock & Roll."
HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS are currently on the road for the SPORTS 30th Anniversary Tour. For Dates, visit http://www.hueylewisandthenews.com/
The 30th Anniversary Edition of SPORTS is available on iTunes:
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