Saturday, June 17, 2017

Dedicated to the Sweet Essence of a Father's Love! Happy Fathers Day!

Some things never leave you. 

Like, if you shoot me a wide smile, I might remember your face forever because you were my shelter from the wind when I needed refuge from the storm. It is like a flower in the rain that stands tall after all the others have lost its petals due to the heavy droplets from the sky; unforgettable! That simply is a gift of the moment. 

Dedicated to the Sweet Essence of a Father's Love!
Happy Fathers Day! 

But can you imagine how much of a froth of inspiration you could actually be to someone else? And then we have our fathers. 

Fathers Day Weekend


This weekend, fathers are being celebrated worldwide. We celebrate those that many of us call dad, who showcase their true strengths by being an active and caring poppa bear to us. 

Through the years, unmatchable friendships may have even blossomed between you two. You may have lived a troubled teenage life that was a bit distracting from the truth. But once you broke up with your childhood, you became even more aware of his importance when you were lured into the direction of adulting.

In truth, we face many responsibilities in life that are demanding yet, it feels good to take time out to celebrate even just one day when we can shower our fathers with accolades. Scatter seeds of kindness into his life so that while he is still here and able to smell the flowers, you can show him how much he is truly loved.

Pops Story

Me and my dad
There is a saying that goes father knows best. (Mon pere connais tou le chose.) My father probably embodies that when he is always giving me some kind of advice to showcase himself as a large influence in my life. He provides emotional strength to carry on and propel to the next level.  Honesty surges through his words when he shows concern for me and my actions that sometimes I would not even bother thinking about myself. He always seems to make an overwhelming effort to show that he cares. Even a thousand miles from home, his words sting and makes me think through things.

Like for instance; my father is always concerned with my physical being. I hardly sleep because I am always out doing something. And when I am home, my focus is entangled in something that keeps me from getting a good nights sleep. I admit that it is important to take some time to decompress but, I rather be whipping around in the sky, doing something beyond exciting.

So when I was in Arkhangelsk, I said to myself, tonight I am going to get some sleep finally. It had been my 7th day in Russia and I felt that I really needed some of that heavenly relief. My father’s words stayed firmly planted in my heart and so I said I would soak in moments of REM when it got dark.

10PM during the white nights season in Arkhangelsk, Russia
As I completed a performance at an Arkhangelsk Pomorya region museum with the musical group, the Art Ensemble, my eyes bulged in astonishment when we walked outside into the 7 degrees Celsius weather at 10PM and the sun was still shining bright. Sure day fused into night but moments of darkness never came. The sun sets at about 11PM during the summer season, but there is a lasting gleam of light in the sky until the 2:30 AM sunrise.

A professor of mine told me about white nights but I had never considered that I would be someone who would experience it. Seeing it with my own eyes made me take on a new perspective of the world. How regal are the works of God when you delve a little deeper into his works and discover more and more, how amazing he is!

Luckily, the impact of the cold temperatures and the heat that the hotel I stayed in provided, helped me to cozy up and do just what my father told me I should. Believe me though, I had to muster the courage to not run outside and let the sun sparkle through my hair in the still of the night, because all I saw was daylight during the day and the fascinating midnight sun during the night. Who wants to sleep when there is sun to enjoy? 

White nights of Russia
Song for My Father

Who would have thought that seeing something like this could forge a measure of confidence in me? To think that while I pondered on the unlimited nature of time, while I dreamt the night away, the sun was pointing my dreams into the direction of possibility. And it made me figure out a few things about life. 

I guess it is always scary to let go of the hand of your father and to forge your own path. Panic wells inside of both you and your father. But there is also joy that sparks when you can say you are confident because he instilled a sense of faith in you. You are staying on the course because of the impact he made. You can move along paths with drive and intelligence because he helped you to develop tough skin. In truth, while he was nurturing and loving you, his eyes were always fixed on the long journey of future ahead.

Check out my live performance with the Tim Dorofeev Art Ensemble in Arkhangelsk, Russia as in the midst of the night, we did a cover of Horace Silver's "Song For My Father." The blending of American jazz and Russian folk made me consider my upbringing, my culture and all the wisdom my father shared with me. He told me that there is more to the world than just what we know. To see and be part of the sharing of art within another culture, as I blended a part of what I knew with what I came to know just a bit of, made what he said ring even more true in me. Thankful to have been able to duet in such a way with Russian folk singer Nadezda Mironova. 


Thank you, dad, for using your pillars to protect me from every blow that might have stymied me from resetting in a new set of 24. And thank you for being the cushion on this bumpy ride through all the phases of this life that I have lived and am living. And thank you for going to the extremes of standing by me even when I have my character flaws that are not very agreeable to yours. It is because of you that I maintain a certain degree of optimism. You deserve moments of celebration. You are the epitome of love and I love you very much! 

Dedicated to the Fathers


Check out the father's day special for my radio show Jazz on the JNote which will air this Sunday evening 6/18/2017 at 7PM EST and can be accessed by logging onto theenglishconnectionmedia.com or by going to MixLR using the following link: http://mixlr.com/the-english-connection-media/


Happy Fathers Day to all the loving and caring fathers out there. We love you! 

41 comments:

  1. Aww what a lovely post, Father's can be amazing people, I'm very lucky to have the most amazing Dad in my life.

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  2. What a beautiful tribute to your dad. My family will visit my dad next weekend and I can't wait to see him. Daddy's girl for life. *smile*

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  3. This is a lovely tribute for your father. It's so important to celebrate dads on Fathers Day and every other day of the year too.

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  4. Such a wonderful tribute for your father! Hope you had a wonderful day with him!

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  5. What a beautiful story about your dad! I hope he had a fabulous day!

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    1. He did. Thank you for asking. Hope yours did as well.

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  6. Such a beautiful story you have written. I love my Dad and I can tell you do too! We are lucky to have such a wonderful set of Dads to call our own. (commenting for Mom Blog Society)

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  7. Your dad sounds like a great man! I also have my father as my adviser, hero, and friend. Kudos to all fathers out there!

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    1. He is a great man. Wonderful to have him in my life.

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  8. What a lovely post! Your dad sounds like a great man. I love my dad, miss him so much, haven't seen him in 7 years.

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    1. Sorry to hear that. He knows how much you love him though.

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  9. What a beautiful post! My father has always been such a great influence in my life and in my 40s I still go to him for advice. I traveled to Sweden last summer and it was still light out for most of the night too.

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  10. Wow! What a beautiful tribute to your dad! I think dads are a very important part of a girl's life and I was blessed to have a great one!

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  11. You are very lucky to have such an amazing father. Mine passed away ten years ago and I never got the chance to say goodbye. I miss him and wish I had the chance to see him just one more time.

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    1. I am so lucky. Sorry to hear that. God bless his soul.

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  12. Such a beautiful song, as usual. It sounds like you have a great relationship with your father.

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  13. Our father's had contributed much to our lives. But as we grow older, we sometimes forget all of his teachings until finally we lost track and remember him again. Never let go of father's hand.

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  14. This was a beautiful tribute to your Dad! Father's are wonderful influence on a girls' life! I'm glad I had mine!

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  15. What a great tribute post to your dad. I think it is great you have such a great relationship with him :)

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  16. What a great post for your dad! I am close to my dad too; it's nice knowing he won't give up!

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  17. This is such a heart-warming post for your dad!My father also had a big influence on me while growing up

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  18. What a wonderful post and dedication to your father. You are always so open and truthful.

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  19. What a great tribute to your dad!
    I am hoping that I will get a chance to visit with my dad in the next few weeks.
    We live so far apart we don't see each other as often as we should.

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  20. Such a beautiful song! Looks like you had amazing time in Russia. I haven't visited Arkhangelsk but I really would love to!

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  21. Amazing song and beautiful post about your dad. I can still here my dad's words in my head when I need to make a choice.

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  22. I'm so jealous--you saw the white nights of Russia! I bet it was a stunning sight. It's amazing how much our fathers "know us" even when we don't know ourselves. Thanks for sharing your wonderful story of your dad. You're truly blessed.

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  23. What a beautiful tribute to your dad. I am still a daddy's girl and love to hear other women share their great stories about their fathers.

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  24. What a lovely tribute to your father. Father's are very important in our lives and we should treasure the time we have with them.

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  25. This is such a beautiful tribute to your dad. I lost mine 13 years ago, and he's still shaping me into the woman I am.

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  26. This is a really beautiful and well written post. Your dad would love this and is always sending love.

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  27. I've lost my dad so it's a difficult day for me, but I love how everyone is sharing how much theirs mean to them. That's exactly what you said... love on him while he's with us.

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  28. This was such a great tribute to your Dad. I hope you had a wonderful Father's Day.

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  29. This is such a beautiful story! Love reading family stories and this one really warmed me up!

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  30. What a lovely tribute to your dad and to all dads!
    I have heard of the white nights but never experienced them. I'm glad you were still able to make your dad happy by getting some zzzz's!
    :)
    Traci

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