Hey what’s up hello! Happy Aloha Friday! Howzit? SUP. K. Welcome back to zee blog! I hope you are having a fantastic week so far! I apologize for my absence but I am back! For this weeks blog post, I wanted to dedicate it to my Dad in honor of Fathers Day! I know it’s a few days late but this goes to show that you don’t need a specific day to honor your father. So, without further ado, allow for me to introduce you to the greatest man I know, my dad!
This is my dad! He is a Jesus praising, music loving cross fit gardener who loves to learn and cook just as much as he loves to teach and eat. Many people see my Dad as a reserved, soft spoken guy. But I’m here to spill some tea on him and tell you there is so much more to him than meets the eye. He’s a HUGE goofball and he never fails to make us laugh. Whether it be through his weird dance moves or funky improv songs about his food, you can’t help but just smile and laugh when you’re around him. He is definitely one of my biggest supporters and biggest cheerleaders! I admire my dad so much. I think some of the things I love most about him is his fun-loving, sanguine spirit, his humble heart and his natural act to pursue knowledge. He’s always wanting to learn and improve himself which is something not too many people do. But on top of that, he walks so confidently in Christ and he has an amazing teaching gift. I’ve learned so much from my Dad. But all the things he has taught me derived from one key part of who I am… music.
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MY DAD IS A FREAKIN BOSS. I just gotta say that. And if you know my dad, then you’d agree with me. He can shred on the bass, on the electric guitar AND on acoustic guitar. He can also play piano and drums and he can sing. He is definitely where our musical genes came from. Back when he was my age, Van Halen was his hood jams and he rocked the cool, mysterious, underground guitar player vibe. My taste for music definitely was influenced by my dad. I can listen to anything from 80’s rock to classical piano music and love every second of it. My dad has taught me pretty much everything I know. He taught me how to play the bass, the guitar, and he encourages me every single day to improve my craft by practicing as often as I can.
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One of the things Dad has taught me through music was how to communicate properly; How to have a voice, but how to also listen and receive someone else’s words. My dad looks at music as another language. It’s such a beautiful perspective if you think about it. He really instilled my passion for music at a young age because of that perspective. I asked my dad about his passion for music and what it is about music that makes him love it so much. He said, “It’s a language that I speak that allows me to express myself in a different way. But it’s definitely a language that I speak and also… listen to.” That last part of the statement intrigued me. So being the naturally curious kitty I am, I asked him to elaborate on that. With excitement, he answered, “Well, because when other musicians express themselves with music, it’s like they’re speaking. And I’m receiving.” He continued on by saying, “…It opens you up from the inside out. You tap into a new place inside of you and through music, you can share this vulnerable part of you and be transparent from the inside out.” It’s so true. Music is a universal language that everyone can speak and understand because music emotes feelings. It’s beautiful to see people connect through this common language.
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Another cool thing about my dad is that he is a Psalmist. He has written many songs, more than I can count. Which leads me to my next point: My dad has taught me how to create through music. Someone once told me that behind every favorite song, there is an untold story. My dad has taught me how to tell a story through the music I write. He explained it like this. He said, “Every note on the fret board is a word. Every scale is a combination of words. So when you free flow or improvise, you’re looking for combinations to put the words together to properly express the statement in which you’re making.” Dang… he’s a smart buggah, ahh? So poetic. I love it! He really encourages us to create our own love songs to Jesus and taught us how to express ourselves through the words we write down. Now, I am proud to say that I have written a few songs that not only bless people, but more importantly, songs that honor God. It’s because of those nights my dad would stay up at 3 or 4 in the morning just being who God created him to be and writing love songs to Him that helped me realize my love for writing as well.
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On that note, my Dad has taught us to connect to God through our music. He really instilled in us a heart of worship at a young age. He and my mom tagged teamed in that particular department. My parents always made sure that yes, the art is important, but what is more important is the heart behind the art. They taught us how to connect to God using songs of praise. I don’t want to go too in-depth in this simply because there juuuust miiiiigght beee a blog post dedicated to all things worship… *Wink Wink* haha! Get excited about that! My family is extremely passionate about worship and I cannot wait to share that with you!
Now a little message from me to you, Dad…
I love you so so much. Thank you for literally everything. I know we fight and argue sometimes, but I praise God every single day for the happy moments we share that will always overpower the negative ones. Thank you for adding color to our lives and being my goofy partner in crime. Thank you for all the laughs and the deep conversations we have. You have taught me so much and I couldn’t be more grateful and more blessed to be your daughter. I’m so proud of you and mom for everything you guys are accomplishing with our church, our business, and also YOUR GARDEN! SO COOL! I know you have sacrificed so much so that my siblings and I can live the life that we live and I am so so so thankful for everything you do as the head of our household. I can’t wait to be able to spoil and bless you and mom and give back everything you have given us. I hope and pray that God continues to bless you because you definitely deserve it. I wish I can give you so much more than just my words to show how much I appreciate you, but that’s gonna have to wait. I promised you once that I was going to buy you your dream guitar and I NEVER break my promises! Haha! I LOVE YOU DADDY!!!!
Meesh, your favorite child.
WHELP, there you have it folks! My little Fathers Day blog post! I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!! If you did, don’t forget to give it a big thumbs up at the bottom left corner of this post! So anyways, what’s your dad like? What do you love most about him?? What did you do for Fathers Day?? As always, leave me a comment and let me know! I’d love to chat with you about it! I have a lot of exciting blog posts coming up about fashion and my faith and also some travel ones, too! So definitely be sure to subscribe and never miss a post! And again, I apologize for my absence. I needed to take some time to myself and my family these past two weeks but I’m back and so excited for what’s to come!
Thank you so much for the love and support, fam! I love and appreciate you all SOOOOOO MUCH!
As always, I hope you have a great weekend! Until next time, love bug!