Yesterday was Father’s Day in the UK; a good day to say thank you to all those Dads who do their best, every single day, even if they too may be in challenging circumstances.

We expect families to be together on days like yesterday, and we’re just about getting back to the point where that might be possible soon. We also want to send a quick message of support for those who find Father's Day difficult for whatever reason. Hence our playlist with a difference, to celebrate not just Fathers, but families too. The social connection we get from other people is a lifeline for many of us and how is that bond often demonstrated? Through music...

This is a lovely song by Paul Simon (and he’s written hundreds of great songs). It’s nice gentle and is a Dad being aspirational for his daughter, and explaining how he feels responsibility towards her:


And who would not love this, with home snaps of Jay-Z and Beyonce, looking slightly more groomed than the rest of us would in these circumstances, but the sentiment is the same for all of us. Family first!

It’s difficult to write about families without including this track. The women in Sister Sledge are genuinely sisters. Their father was a Broadway dancer, their mother an actress and their grandmother an opera soprano. It was in the family, obviously. The song is about the unchanging support offered from a strong family, with the bonus of the unmistakable hands and fingers of Bernard Edwards and Nile Rogers (of Chic). Those guys were everywhere in the late 1970s…