A Tribute to Fathers (especially Stepfathers) 1


The late Leon Thomas sings a version of Song for My Father a jazz classic written by Horace Silver. It is absolutely beautiful.  Thomas had unique jazz/blues style thatincorporated throat ululating yodeling and scatting.



I dedicate this song this Father’s Day to all the father’s who do – w
ho do for their children rather than who don’t do and/or who deny their children.



I especially praise  step-fathers, those men who fathered children not from their loins but from their hearts, with their love.  Of the many step-fathers I know, several  do not have biological children of their own but have reared and loved their step-children unreservedly. My deepest admiration to John, Royal, Gregory, Nate, Marvin and my late (step) father, Hank.


 


Song for My Father
(Music composed by Horace Silver. (I am not sure if he wrote the lyrics, I could not find a version of the song with him playing it that had words.   Performed by Leon Thomas on his Spirits Known and Unknown album, Flying Dutchman Rcords, 1969.  Reissued  in 2002.)

If there was ever a man
Who was generous, gracious and good
That was my dad
The man
A human being so true
He could live like a king
‘Cause he knew
The real pleasure in life


To be devoted to
And always stand by me
So I’d be unafraid and free


If there was ever a man
Who was generous, gracious and good
That was my dad
The man
A human being so true
He could live like a king
‘Cause he knew
The real pleasure in life


To be devoted to
And always stand by me
So I’d be unafraid and free


If there was ever a man
Who was generous, gracious and good
That was my dad
The man…The man!


 


 


About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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