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Office DJ: Dad tunes for your last week of classes

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Meet Danielle Chemtob, our enterprise director. 

When it comes to music, I was not your average child. While all my friends’ first concerts were Justin Bieber or One Direction, my parents got me out of a Girl Scout camping trip so they could take me to see The Beach Boys. 

Rock music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. When I was young, I watched in awe as my parents put on the B-side of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. And I cherished the day I was finally permitted to use the record player myself, playing my dad’s scratched copy of Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” on repeat.

I still remember asking my dad the first time I listened to "Bohemian Rhapsody" why on earth he would make me listen to a six-minute song filled with opera and nonsensical words. 

“You have to listen to it at least 20 times before you can truly enjoy it,” he told me. 

So I stuck with it, and soon I found myself screaming along to the “Galileo” portion as I blasted the song on my iPod Touch. Naturally, I sang along to every word when I saw the movie last week. 

I fully acknowledge that I have the music taste of a dad. When I go to parties, I just sing along to nondescript pop lyrics and hope no one notices. I live for the end-of-the-party renditions of “Closing Time” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.” 

For anyone else who feels way, this playlist is for you. These songs will take you back to the good ol’ days, or for those in my generation, the days when your parents blasted "Hotel California" on long road trips. 

Enjoy the ride. 

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