BYU students reminisce on musical memories with dad

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Father’s Day is a time to celebrate the efforts of fathers and reminisce on fond memories. BYU students said some of their favorite experiences with their dads involve enjoying music together.

Joseph Butcher, a BYU senior studying commercial music, said he thinks music is an audio representation of feelings.

Barbara Butcher
Joseph Butcher dances and plays air guitar as a child with his father, Jeffery Butcher. Joseph is now a senior studying commercial music. (Barbara Butcher)

“When people are happy they dance; when they’re sad they cry. Music is so directly correlated with how you feel. It’s instinct,” Butcher said. “I think that’s why music creates such powerful bonds between people.”

Butcher attributes part of his decision to study music to childhood experiences he had with his father.

“My dad was in the glee club in college; he was always playing music at home from The Temptations, Elvis Presley, Harry Connick Jr. and that kind of stuff,” Butcher said. “He’s the one that got me to take piano lessons growing up.”

English major Lucia Blaskow said her childhood memories involve her dad playing classic rock music at home. She grew up listening to songs like Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer” and Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away.”

“When my little sister was maybe 4 or 5 years old, she would get out of bed in the middle of the night, sometimes crying. We shared a room, and my dad would come and sing to help her fall asleep,” Blaskow said. “He wouldn’t sing hymns like a normal parent would; he would sing oldies and classic rock stuff.”

Pre-med neuroscience student Dallin Waters said one of his favorite memories with his father was performing the hymn “Nearer, My God, to Thee” together in sacrament meeting.

“It was about four years ago, and it was just a good experience overall,” Waters said. “I enjoyed the time I spent prepping for the song with my dad, and it was a good spiritual bond we shared.”

Songs For Dad

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