Happy Father’s Day to all of TPS’ dad readers! It’s surprisingly hard to find positive songs about dads in our world. I was thinking about “Father of Mine” and all those, and having trouble sifting through the negative. Finally, though, Yellowcard came through in the clutch.
“Life of a Salesman” appears on Ocean Avenue, the band’s 2003 breakthrough. Giving a nod to acclaimed play Death of a Salesman, lyrics like “Took me by the hand and you showed me how to be a bigger man, dad/Listen when you talk, dad/Follow where you walk, dad” cover the profound influence of a father-son relationship. The song itself features a solid main violin riff and sweet guitar effect in the verses (flanger?).
Yellowcard of course called it quits earlier this year. They left a sizeable hole in the pop-punk world, and really alternative in general. Ocean Avenue put them on the map, and while “Life of a Salesman” wasn’t one of its singles, it’s as good as any for Dad on his day.