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Rick Springfield: Seen here rocking out in 2007, he's still making music — and now he's making music for kids.
Over the years my podcast, What Would Rob Do? ,has allowed me to explore daily predicaments ranging from how to eat a hot pepper, to how to handle noisy neighbors, to how to avoid awkward moments while also getting a massage.
It's also afforded me the chance to live out the dreams of my seven-year-old self and talk to the biggest celebrities of the '80s by consulting them as experts. In the past, I've chatted with TV stars like Erik Estrada from CHiPs and Tom Wopat from The Dukes of Hazzard, and bands like Squeeze and Air Supply.
But recently, I managed to top even those mega stars by landing an interview with Mr. Rick Springfield. That's right: the guy behind "Jessie's Girl."
Few can argue with the fact that this is an amazing song, but for me, it's more than that.
Its my FAVORITE SONG OF ALL TIME.
I'm not quite sure how this happened, but I'm thinking it has something to do with the fact I cemented my selections for lucky number and favorite color right around the same time. Call me loyal (or perhaps lazy), but to this day, I remain a stalwart to the number 17, the color navy blue, and the ode to Jessie's elusive lady friend.
Having a strange fixation on a pop song that's more than a quarter-century old didn't seem enough of a reason to interview Mr. Springfield, but then I caught a news flash about his latest album, titled My Precious Little One: Lullabies for a New Generation.
I learned that Springfield had rediscovered an old recording of lullabies he had made for his two sons Liam and Josh, back when they were tots. He decided to re-record them (the songs, not the kids) and release the album — a happy coincidence for me, a new dad with a precious little one of my own.
So now Rick and I had something to talk about, apart from my odd obsession with his music, fatherhood and the ever daunting task of calming down children.
So what advice did Mr. Springfield give me on lullabies?
Advice, gentle rejection, and the audio of the full interview, after the jump...
• First, when coming up with a song, try to