Their children’s hell will slowly go by

“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”  “A chip off the old block.”  “Like father, like son.”

They say that children are often like their parents in many ways.  Depending on the parent, that may or may not be a good thing.  And if you’re the child of a celebrity, you’re typically scrutinized more than the average kid, and often held to a higher standard just because of who your father or mother is.

This is especially true in the entertainment industry when Mom or Dad is a national or international star, and truer still if the son or daughter chooses a career in the same profession.

Children of celebrities are often given special attention not for who they are, but for who their parents are,” said John Altman, an L.A.-based psychiatrist who has treated many stars’ children.  “They may feel they’ll never be able to measure up to this hyper-idealized version of the famous parent.”  Added psychiatrist Carole Lieberman, “The child becomes interesting to us simply due to their genes, and the media feed this interest.  Some offspring develop problems over this, but many lead normal, well-adjusted lives, even when they become celebrities themselves.”

In the popular music arena, we have many compelling stories of children of rock stars who also pursued careers in music, with varying degrees of fame or success. Read More

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‘Til your daddy takes the T-Bird away

imgres-35Dear Old Dad.  He just never seems to get the same respect that Mom does.

While Mother’s Day was established as a national holiday by Woodrow Wilson back in 1914, attempts to establish an official Father’s Day were repeatedly rebuked by Congress and others for many decades.  Why, isn’t exactly clear.  Incredibly, it wasn’t until 1966 when Lyndon Johnson finally issued a proclamation designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day, “honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.”  Well, better late than never, I guess…

In the popular music arena, songwriters seemed to give mothers and fathers equal treatment.  From folk to blues, from R&B to Christian, from funk to ballads, from country to swing, every genre is represented with songs about fathers.  I was chagrined to find, though, that a preponderance of Daddy tunes were about what a deadbeat he was, leaving home, fooling around, drinking too much, and so forth.  Still, there are plenty of songs that praise Pops… if you look hard enough…

Last month, I offered a Spotify playlist of songs with “mother” or “mama” in the title.  Today, I have assembled 15 titles that I think will make a nice mix of songs for you to play when you’re hanging out with Dad this Sunday.  He may say he doesn’t like them, but deep down, I’m betting he’s singing along to some of them (if you can pull his attention away from ESPN for a few minutes…) Read More