He’s known as a basher, a blogger, a CPA – but, one of the first things I learned about my partner-in-blog is the title that best fits the man is “lil Sop’s Dad”. Roof Surfing – Sop survives Katrina is not just the story of Sop’s survival, it’s the story of “lil Sop’s Dad” saving “lil Sop’s” life. It’s a great read any day and a particularly touching story to read on Father’s Day.
I couldn’t help but think of Sop’s relationship with lil Sop when I read Paul McCartney revived and rewrote “When I’m Sixty-four” as a tribute to his father, James. Julian Lennon recorded the song as a tribute as well and his recording with McCartney joined is my Father’s Day tribute to “lil Sop’s Dad” and all others who would answer these lyrics with a resounding “yes”.
Will you still need me
Will you still feed me
When I’m sixty four
Jarvis’ fathers day columns can be found here. The one he wrote last year is even better. Both are excellent.
I hope 30 years from now when my boy sees me in a picture that only has him in it, only my best qualities are passed down the line.
As for my own Dad, I doubt there is any way I could ever match his grit, exploits or fortitude. To escape grinding poverty, he tricked his illiterate mother into signing the permission papers for him to join the Marines in late 1944 as he was only 16. Okinawa was the next stop for him though he missed the worst of the combat there. My son literally burst with pride when he found out gramps certainly served with Eugene Sledge who was featured in the HBO series The Pacific, in China the next year doing embassy duty in 1946 where the picture on the right was made.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Lenny Kravitz, Mos Def, Trombone Shorty, and Tim Robbins recorded a version of The New Orleans Mardi Gras classic, It Ain’t My Fault, by Joseph Smokey Johnson and Wardell Joseph Quezergue, updating some of the lyrics for the Gulf Aid concert:
Oil and water don’t mix,
Petroleum don’t go with no fish,
Awww, it ain’t my fault
BP big pimpin’,
Big pile of bad presses,
Billionaire point pressure,
Awww, it ain’t my fault….
The track is available on iTunes for less than a dollar, and all the proceeds will benefit fishermen and those who work in seafood restaurants, whose lives and work have been affected indefinitely by the oil spill.