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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."

"I started when Ella was about one," explains Lucky Diaz, discussing the musical introductions for his now 10-year-old daughter. "One of the first things I purchased Ella was a cute little boom box. Every night before she went to sleep I would play a CD of something I wanted her to be exposed to. She learned about so many artists this way. THE BEATLES, STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN, MILES DAVIS, THE BEACH BOYS, BUDDY HOLLY,  the list goes on and on." Leading LUCKY DIAZ AND THE FAMILY JAM BAND, he, along with his wife, Alisha Gaddis, have become some of the biggest names in the growing "kindie" movement - their prolific output resulting in no less than four albums since 2012 - two of them in Spanish. Now, ahead of Rock Father's Day 2014, Diaz and the entire family are on the road in the midst of a 60-day road trip and tour, where he took a few moments to talk Fatherhood during a stop in Gallup, New Mexico...

For the second year in a row, I'm fortunate to be working with Oral-B as a #PowerOfDad Ambassador in the days leading up to #RockFathersDay. While I'm not exactly "smiling" in the picture above (taken with my dad back in 1978-ish while he put my first Big Wheel together), creating healthy smiles is what Oral-B is all about, and with two daughters and a supportive wife - I have a lot to smile about as a grownup.  Want to see 15-seconds of what makes THE ROCK FATHER smile? Watch this video to find out...

What do you get for the "Rock Father" who has everything this #RockFathersDay? Specifically... a "Southern Rock" Father that digs bands like ZZ TOP, THE BLACK CROWES, BLACK STONE CHERRY, or THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND? And what, if by some chance, said "Southern Rock" Father is an axe-slinger himself? Well, the new Gibson Southern Rock Tribute 1959 Les Paul is an idea... if you have some bucks to splurge with...

"Tracy already had a son, Armand, who was 15, and we had planned to have a child," explains Tom George, recalling the moment when he discovered that he'd soon become a father for the first time. "She hadn’t been feeling well and took a pregnancy test. When she told me I was extremely happy," he continues, sharing some thoughts on Fatherhood ahead of Rock Father's Day 2014. A work-at-home Dad and fellow "Rock Father," Tom runs the rapidly-growing FiXT Publicity, and has been featured almost weekly here on THE ROCK FATHER, taking part in the 2014 Fitness Challenge

With Rock Father's Day less than a week away, there's quite a few companies that are showing respect for Dads and the changing face of Fatherhood... some of which you've even seen featured here on THE ROCK FATHER. While the efforts of all are appreciated, Father's Day wouldn't be complete without an appearance by one company that has been championing Dads from the start, featuring #RealDadMoments each and every day, 365 days a year, spreading smiles through their social networks and helping to show Dads in a positive light. Just this morning, my friends at Dove Men+Care have issued a new video - one that even features a few guys I know - and it's a video you should definitely watch. Take a look...

This week, THE WHO will release QUADROPHENIA: LIVE IN LONDON, a concert captured in High Definition last summer, at the end of their 40th Anniversary Tour that celebrated the original album's 1973 release. Now, just ahead of Rock Father's Day 2014, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) and THE ROCK FATHER are getting two (2) lucky readers hooked-up with the concert on DVD - the full album performed in it's entirety, along with some favorite hits!

Parenting is Unscripted. No matter how well-planned, life moves in unexpected directions and brings new adventures with each and every day. With Rock Father's Day coming up fast, Cardstore from American Greetings and Life of Dad presented me an interesting question: What would the life of THE ROCK FATHER be as a "reality show" - but told in 15-seconds? I think it might look something like this...

A little over a month ago, I reviewed The Silverlit Nano Falcon - the world's smallest RC helicopter. People are still asking me about it, and the crazy thing is that it's a requested activity daily here at Rock Father HQ... daily. The girls ask me to pilot it for them every single day - and I do. I like to think it's the Island Hopper from MAGNUM P.I. as I allow it to fly throughout my office and the rest of the house. But enough about our house - how about YOURS? With Rock Father's Day coming, I'm throwing this out there as a Gift Guide item, and the folks at Silverlit and I are teaming up to get one lucky reader hooked up with one of these choppers to call their own - a $50 value!

"I think I was in our bathroom and the wife said 'IT'S POSITIVE!,'" recalls Shaun Glass of THE BLOODLINE and BROKEN HOPE while discussing the moment he realized he'd soon become a father for the very first time. "I just was overwhelmed and couldn't believe it! It hit me the next morning, lying In bed thinking, 'Wow I'm going to be a father,'" he continues, thinking about his earliest days as a "Rock Father," ahead of #RockFathersDay 2014 as he prepares the next moves in his lengthy musical career, with one album by BROKEN HOPE just-released, and another from THE BLOODLINE in production now...

Sears: #DestinationDadThe old saying is that "the more things change, the more they stay the same." I don't know if that's 100% accurate, but I do know that there's an interesting parallel between my former and current selves when it comes to SEARS. Growing up in the late 1970s and early 1980s, SEARS was the destination for cool... toys. The annual Sears Wish Book was a staple in our home, and I can vividly remember visiting the catalog department of the gargantuan Park Forest Sears to await the arrival of some new treasure that would be delivered in a plain brown box, emerging from a mythical stockroom via  squeaky-wheeled track. Two favorites of mine have actually become sought-after, and highly valuable "collectibles" in the nearly four decades past - the 1978 STAR WARS Cantina Adventure Playset and the G.I. JOE Cobra Missile Command Headquarters. While the Sears of my youth could've been hashtagged as #DestinationToys, the Sears of my adulthood can be tagged #DestinationDad - those cool playsets replaced by other... cool playsets - like Craftsman Sheds, deck-mounted Gazebos and all the accessories. But instead of plastic blasters, starships and tanks, it's lawn mowers, coffee makers and tablets. Dad stuff.

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