"We had been trying for a while to become parents and were ecstatic to find that it finally worked," recalls HULLABALOO drummer/percussionist Brendan Kremer, discussing when he first discovered that he was soon going to be a Father. "The shock was to find that we were having twins," he continues. "It is not something you automatically know how to handle, especially when you learn they are both girls. I remember seeing them for the first time and realizing that I was now the only man in the house and was in for big trouble. But it has been nothing but a blessing every day." Now, ahead of Rock Father's Day 2014, Brendan shares some thoughts on being a Dad, and a musician...
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Bathtime is a special time for bonding between all parents and their children. Here at Rock Father HQ, truth be told - bathtime is usually my wife's time with the girls. Since I'm fortunate to be in a position where I get to spend nearly all day every day with the little ones, 8pm generally signals some time for my wife and The Rock Daughters to have some time to splash and play. But that hardly means that Bathtime isn't Daddy time as well. I've given many baths in these past five years, and often times it's when my wife is going to have a long day at work, and I want to get the girls bathed and ready for bed in advance of her arrival.
"I was extremely into the whole idea of being a father," states Tom Stevens, recalling the moments in which he realized he would soon become a Father. "I felt that having a promising future as a family man was just meant to be after I met my wife. I never had any interest in it before then but I changed a lot in a short period of time. I was more excited than afraid - it is a lot to take in even when you know it is coming. I am sure I was not as cool as I remember myself being, but my reaction was that good kind of shock that leaves you speechless and smiling." An occasional contributor to THE ROCK FATHER website (specializing in Disney travel), Stevens multi-tasks as the driving force behind NOKTURNEL, while running a leather business with his wife, and raising snakes! Above all, he's a great Dad, and finds himself featured here ahead of Rock Father's Day 2014.
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Pursuing a passion and inspiring others. Those are two points that sportscaster Jim Nantz and winemaker Peter Deutsch have focused on with THE CALLING, their collaborative effort on bringing fine wines to the world. THE CALLING is a business rooted in Fatherhood, the end result of a perfect meeting - one in which the two men would be introduced at a Greenwich, Connecticut restaurant where they both had been dining with friends. Deutsch had recently read ALWAYS BY MY SIDE, Nantz' book about his father - and it hit home with him in reminding him of his own Dad. Eventually, the Deutsch-Nantz Alliance (DNA) was born, and the two headed for California, working together to create great wine... wine I'm including here in my #RockFathersDay Gift Guide for 2014.
Fatherhood is the greatest responsibility and honor a man can have placed upon him. I never met my biological father, nor did I grow up with a male figure in my home. I didn't grow up with money, a nice home or fancy clothes. In fact, I spent the majority of my childhood living in the projects or with family members. However, thanks to my mom, I had no shortage of love. Because of that I feel very strongly that love, faith, strength and courage are the most important elements of growing and learning at any stage of life. Now, as a father, I strive to demonstrate these in my home because the greatest lesson my kids have taught me is how to love people unconditionally.
"I was on tour with FROM GOOD HOMES in 1996 and my wife called me," recalls BRADY RYMER about the moment he first realized that he'd soon become a father for the very first time. "I was ecstatic! I wanted to come home immediately!," he continues, "I had the feeling that a big ol’ lovely, challenging, unknown adventure was about to begin!" Now, ahead of Rock Father's Day 2014, and with his new album slated for release next week, Brady took a few moments to talk a little bit about Fatherhood, and his role as a "Rock Father."