Guest blogger Paul Starke: It takes a real dad to cry.
I knew that having a baby would change everything. I knew that when my son Luke was born three months ago, there would be non-stop crying, among other things. I didn't realize that I'd be doing most of the crying. It seems that almost anything will trigger tears when I'm holding my boy, specifically, a cheesy yet well-crafted sentimental song. In this first edition of "The Daddy Dozen," I present you with the 12 SONGS THAT NOW MAKE ME SOB UNCONTROLLABLY.
1. TEACH YOUR CHILDREN by Crosby, Stills and Nash
An obvious choice, but I think this song moved me so much because it made me realize that I'll be able to teach my son very little, except how to swear and eat ribs very quickly.
3. (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN by Aretha Franklin
This was the first song that made me realize things had gone horribly wrong.
4. RUBBER DUCKIE by Ernie from Sesame Street
This reminded me of my childhood, and how much I hated baths. I still do.
5. THE RAINBOW CONNECTION by Kermit and other various Muppets
I'm not sure what this song is even about, but my wife sang it to my son and it destroyed me.
6. ENTER SANDMAN by Metallica
New York Yankee fans know this as Mariano Rivera's theme; I heard it, wept, and wanted to take Luke to his first baseball game immediately.
7. FOREVER YOUNG by Bob Dylan
You can actually understand what Bob's saying in this one.
8. CAT'S IN THE CRADLE by Harry Chapin
"When you coming home, Dad?" "I don't know when." 'Nuff said.
9. AS LONG AS WE'VE GOT EACH OTHER (THE THEME FROM GROWING PAINS)by BJ Thomas
Make a video scrapbook of your kid's pictures set to this song. I defy you not to get choked up. Plus, when DOESN'T Alan Thicke make you cry?
10. THE THEME FROM SANFORD AND SON by Quincy Jones
I happened to catch a rerun during a late-night feeding. I thought of someday opening a junkyard with my son and lost it.
11. MMMbop by Hanson
This song made me cry BEFORE my son was born -- because it's so horrible.
12. THE SWEET ESCAPE by Gwen Stefani featuring Akon
For some inexplicable reason, this was playing in the delivery room as Luke was being born. This song will forever remind me of my wife's loveliness. And her low standards.
Paul Starke is an Emmy-winning TV producer, and a co-writer of the #1 New York Times bestseller, An Inconvenient Book.