So I just came back from Nigeria where I had to go bury my dad who passed a couple of weeks back. They say you do not become a man until your father dies: I guess it is official now. On my way back, all I could think of were the various special moments we spent together. He was a lover of good music and had quite a collection of vinyl (records for all the new-school folks) that I helped myself to on my previous visit home. He was more into philosophical music laced with a lot of proverbs. The likes of Ebenezer Obey, Olarenwaju Adepoju, Kayode Fashola, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister and old school Sunny Ade. He also had quite a few foreign albums too. In all, he was well rounded because he was very open-minded when it came to music. Pretty sure I got my love for music from him. So I sieved through the pile of albums I got from him and came across one of his favorites. A classic by Ebenezer Obey: The Horse, The Man & His Son. Even as a kid, I could relate to the message within this album and it pretty much made me come to the realization that you cannot please everyone no matter what you do. For my fans/followers who do not speak/understand Yoruba, I apologize, but I would plead that you keep an open mind and enjoy the melody.
To my mentor, teacher, friend, confidant and father, you are truly missed.