The Rock Father is pleased to present a special guest blog from Phil Shepley of Dad Vs. Spawn...
Who says that 80s hair metal was only about sex, drugs and rock n’ roll? Perhaps back then it was, but now it’s about so much more. It’s about being a parent.
I realized this in the midst of a day when things weren't going all that well, being-a-dad-wise. I was at the end of my rope, the kids were throwing tantrums, and there seemed to be no way out. That’s when a song magically emanated from the speakers via iTunes shuffle...
Song: Hang Tough*
Album: The Great Radio Controversy (1989)
A heartache made just for you.
But you can’t let it bring ya down.
If you should stumble, if you should fall,
Pick yourself up off the floor.
Fight for what’s right and stand your ground.
You gotta give it your best shot.
Give it everything you got.
Oh, you gotta hang tough.
Hang tough. Hang tough.
Need more examples?
Song: Welcome To The Jungle
Artist: Guns n’ Roses
Album: Appetite For Destruction (1987)
We got fun ‘n’ games
We got everything you want
Honey we know the names
We are the people that can find
Whatever you may need
If you got no money, honey
We got your disease.
Cleaning up toys, food spills, vomit, et cetera…
Song: Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)
Album: Long Cold Winter (1988)
Don’t know what it is I did so wrong
Now I know what I got
It’s just this song
And it ain’t easy to get back
Takes so long.
Song: Round and Round
Album: Out of the Cellar (1984)
With love we’ll find a way just give it time
Round and round
What comes around goes around
I’ll tell you why
Song: Living After Midnight
Artist: Judas Priest
Album: British Steel (1980)
I’m all geared up to score again, loaded, loaded
I come alive in the neon light
That’s when I make my moves right
Living after midnight, rockin’ to the dawn
Lovin’ ’til the morning, then I’m gone, I’m gone
Pre-kids: partying it up after midnight, rebelling against everyone, making all the right moves, being really freaking cool.
Post-kids: headed out to Walmart at 1:30am for diapers.
Song: Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Album: Master of Puppets (1986)
no one leaves and no one will
Moon is full, never seems to change
just labeled mentally deranged
Dream the same thing every night
I see our freedom in my sight
No locked doors, No windows barred
No things to make my brain seem scarred
Sleep my friend and you will see
that dream is my reality
They keep me locked up in this cage
can’t they see it’s why my brain says Rage
Sanitarium, leave me be
Sanitarium, just leave me alone.
This one is pretty much self-explanatory.
* NOT by NKOTB (NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK)… save that for a mommy blog on “how teen pop groups help me cope as a Mom.” Ed Note: NKOTB are touring this year.
** Don’t worry… they’ll be back, anywhere from 18 to 30 years from now. Ed. Note: Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer is doing his first solo tour in February of 2013.
This piece originally appeared on Dad Vs. Spawn and has been slightly enhanced for publishing on The Rock Father.
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Phil Shepley is a Florida-based writer, and the father of two excellent, spunky, and often-challenging daughters. He uses the word “challenging” because no matter what he may read or learn about parenting, they seem to find ways around the “rules.” So he rewrites the rules, and they rewrite the responses to the rules, and the game goes on. Yes, challenging was the right word.
Phil blogs regularly on his own site, Dad Vs. Spawn.