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Dad-O-Matic by Doriano "paisano" Carta - 1M ago

The new song “SOON” by Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol is a very emotional tribute to his father who’s been diagnosed with dementia. The music video shows the lead singer with his dad looking at old photographs along with many clips of home movies that really captures how precious our time is here on Earth and how fleeting it all truly is.

It’s something special to see a father and son together like this knowing what lies ahead of them.  Gary has talked about the difficulties of watching his beloved father slowly lose his memory and even his own son’s name at times. He knows it’s only going to get worse with time so he decided to write this song and include his dad in the music video. All this has been possible because the singer has also admitted that he had recently become clean and sober and he isn’t afraid of being more open and honest anymore. The new music from Snow Patrol’s new album “WILDNESS” reflects Gary’s renewed sense of self and appreciation of life.

Gary shared how he felt about his old man in another very public way too when he sent this tweet with a photo of him and his father.

We should make this beautiful song a reminder to reach out to our loved ones and let them know how much we care about them. Let’s let them know how much we appreciate all of the memories while we still can.

Snow Patrol - Soon (Official Video) - YouTube

Lyrics SOON

Chorus]
Soon you’ll not remember anything
But then someday neither will I
Tomorrow though is nothing to fear
Because father it’s always today

[Verse 1]
Life won’t flash before your eyes
Instead we’ll fall away then melt like snow
The secret storms of your wild youth
Now just gentle breezes, warm and faint

[Chorus]
Soon you’ll not remember anything
But then some day neither will I
Tomorrow though is nothing to fear
Because father it’s always today

[Bridge]
I can’t ride on your coat tails again
Like I always did as a little boy
We are standing on the home shores now
My whole hand hanging onto your thumb
There’s a place in the palace of you
We can always be standing like that
We could hide in there, just as we were then
Just my father and I am just your son
Your son
Your son
Your son

Here’s Gary and bandmate talking about how they almost broke up and how cleaning up his act saved not only the band but more importantly his life!

Snow Patrol: Back from the brink - YouTube

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Dad-O-Matic by Doriano "paisano" Carta - 6M ago

There are many songs that capture the shock that parents feel when they realize that their little ones have grown up in the blink of an eye.

This song by Michael W. Smith “How to Say Goodbye” does a wonderful job showing the relationship between a dad and his daughter from little girl to her wedding day.

I love the ending so much. I watched it with my daughter who’s 12.

Michael W. Smith - How To Say Goodbye - YouTube

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Dad-O-Matic by Doriano "paisano" Carta - 8M ago

I really enjoy Japanese anime especially the excellent films made lately. Koe No Natachi (A Silent Voice) is an outstanding story about a bullied deaf girl and the impact of the bullying not only on her but also on the bully and all those around them as kids in school. It’s a moving story with many uncomfortable moments that are extremely honest and true to life. It doesn’t pull back any punches and goes for the jugular when it comes to revealing the consequences of our thoughts and actions.

I wish every parent would watch this with their kids and schools would show this to their students. I think it would really reach many young people and actually change the behavior of those that previously picked on others because they would see the long-term impact of their actions. I’ve covered the subject matter of bullying many times on Dadomatic.com my blog for dads and families. Obviously, this film got to me in a big way because of my interest in fighting bullying. I believe an anime such as this film could do wonders to reach young people who don’t usually like watching preachy documentaries.

Here’s a good explanation of the film… spoiler warning of course.

Koe No Katachi Ending Explained | The Shape of Voice | A Silent Voice | 聲の形 [Spoilers] - YouTube

Here’s the trailer

A Silent Voice - Koe No Katachi - Official Trailer (FULL HD) - YouTube

An extra scene

Koe no Katachi - Extra Scene - YouTube

I love this one. It’s a mashup of people watching the movie as they react to different scenes

Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice) Live Reaction Mashup - YouTube

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Dad-O-Matic by Doriano "paisano" Carta - 1y ago

My 14 year-old son surprised me today by sending me this new song from Owl City called “Not All Heroes Wear Capes” and wished me an early Happy Father’s Day.

It really touched me deeply. I like to think all three of my children fully understand how much I love and adore them so it’s wonderful to see how much we impact our kids by what we say and do on a daily basis. We all know that children learn as much from watching us as they do from listening to us (some think they learn more from our actions than our words)

To be honest about the song, I am not quite as handy as the dad in the song but I am proud to admit that I show and say how much I love my family every single day. I always want them to know how much they mean to me. Sometimes it annoys them but I know deep down they appreciate it and understand why I do it.

My son and I actually went to see Owl City in 2016 in Atlanta and it was a total blast. We both love Adam Young and his wonderful music.

Here’s the acoustic version

Owl City - Not All Heroes Wear Capes (Acoustic) - YouTube

Here’s the recorded version

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