Father’s Day

Y’know it’s funny how things change as you get older. How something you used to hate or despise becomes special and sentimental as you age. For me, that thing is Dan Fogelberg’s “Leader of the band”. As a kid that song always seemed to be playing in the background of our home. So much so, that I remember it started to really bug me. Then years later it happened. I was working in Fred Meyer doing inventory when that song crackled across the loud speaker. I hadn’t heard it in years and right there in the soup aisle I just about lost it. A flood of emotion came rushing forth and I had to take a minute to compose myself. It was then that I realized that I didn’t hate that song at all, no, in fact I loved it. I loved it for everything it said and for everything it stood for. It reminded me of all the good that was in my childhood. Of playing with my hot wheels, sleeping in the sun on the floor, racing my bike up and down the dusty driveway, our completely silver Pioneer stereo system, the RCA Dog on the record labels and perhaps the most fittingly, my Dad. This makes the most sense to me because no matter what, he will always be the leader in my band. And for that, I am forever blessed.

Thanks Dad.

Love me.


  1. normaljean said,

    June 18, 2006 @ 11:50 pm

    Great story, Micah. :) I’m sure you make your Pop proud every day of his life.

    Isn’t it amazing how music can reach into those deep recesses of our mind and pull out not just memories, but actual physical reactions. Oh, how I LOVE music for that!

    Wow, and I haven’t heard this song for ages! It IS a good one and very appropriate for the occasion. You definitely sit “first chair” in the eyes of your Band Leader, i feel sure. :D

    Happy Father’s Day, Micah’s Dad. :)

  2. Phil said,

    June 19, 2006 @ 8:56 am

    I hate the NBA

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