What it takes to be a good fatheron June 13, 2013 @ 8:31 am (Updated: 1:46 pm - 6/14/13 )
Our family taped everything. I go back to these tapes because when the topic of how to be a good father comes up, I'm one of the few people who has an extensive archive of the life of the man I consider a great father, that being my own dad.
We have hours of this stuff, where he would play and I would sing with him or I would be the announcer. That to me is the first qualification of a good father. He pays attention. I wasn't parked in front of the TV. I wasn't shooed away, unless of course I was misbehaving or impolite, which I was capable of. That's on tape too and it happened right after my first live commercial.
Young Dave: Use Simoniz. OK along with the show. He's going to play "Old Shanty Town."
Dad: Uh. Mr. Announcer I want you to know I've never heard anybody talk as much or as long as you.
Young Dave: Well we've got some commercials to do too.
That's the other qualification of a good father. He's not afraid to put an obnoxious kid in his place. Fast forward to the last recording of my dad a month before he died at age 87. We were listening to what else, to tapes of his old Dixie Land group where he played drums for about 60 years.
Dave: So nobody offered you a recording contract?
Dad: Turned them all down flat. I don't want to contaminate my talent with money. Right now I'm looking for a little contamination.
That's probably the most important qualification of a good father. You've got to keep your sense of humor because if you've got a kid like me, you're going to need it.