See clue for 26 Across (Leaf producer)
Average Length: 5.25
Just a couple of notes on this one: first, it’s a themeless, but somehow several clues relate to musicians, songs, or lyrics. My brain has song lyrics (mostly from the 60s and 70s) crowding every synapse, to the apparent exclusion of more useful information. Maybe using some of those as clues will free up room for things like people’s names, which I am utterly inept at remembering.
Second, the clue for 46A: “Reading to your kids, e.g.” I read to my children every night when they were growing up, and those memories remain among my most cherished (“… is the word I use to describe, whoa-o-o-o-o-o-o …” [The Association, Cherish (1966)]. See what I mean?) Sandy and I have our first grandchild coming in February, and I can’t wait to make more wonderful memories (“… all alone in the moonlight …”) [Barbara Streisand, 1981, from the soundtrack of Cats].
Please, if you have young children, read to them – it’s an amazing bonding experience (take it away, Jimi [Hendrix, 1967]: “Are you experienced/Or have you ever been experienced?”)! And while you’re at it, sing to them. Lyrics can come in handy!