This year has been a big one for me. In February I gave away my daughter’s hand in marriage, as they saying goes. I had the privelege of walking her down the aisle, playing guitar as she sang Shania Twain’s ‘From This Moment’ and bit my cheek as we walked through a crowd of friends and family who had no idea we would make such an entrance. There wasn’t a dry eye in the park.
The PA system provided by Earwig Studios, (where we recorded my daughter Gemma Cappel’s single ‘From Me To You’, performed perfectly under the sound engineering of owner, Darren McShane worked so well that noone realised it was live music until we came out from behind the camouflage of the Daimler limousine we arrived in.
2 weeks ago, said daughter became the proud mother of my first grand daughter, Madison Purvis. This was the background from which my song, ‘Watch Me Daddy’ was born.
I wrote the song, both for her and also for all fathers and daughters because the sentiments I felt, are common for most parents. Fathers and daughters traditionally have a special relationship, but often fathers aren’t great, especially as their daughters become teenagers, at telling them how much they love them.
So with the song, this is an opportunity to tell your daughter how much you care, as I did. The chorus is:
I miss those days but I can’t go back
I miss those days they flew by so fast
I wish that I could live them all again
But there are new memories being made
New pages being written every day
I miss the old days but I’m loving the new.
The rest of the song is about how our daughters want us to watch everything they do, all their little achievements, how they put on little shows for us when they are little and keep ‘performing’, wanting us to be proud of them, as we are, which goes on until adulthood, as the last verse:
I gave away my little girl today, you’re going to change your name.
With tears of pride I walked you down the aisle and you said
“Watch me Daddy, one more time” and I love you.
This song could be your song to your daughter and my offer is to rewrite the first one or 2 (of 3) verses to tell your story of your special relationship with your daughter and the things she did to make you proud. I’m offering my skills as a songwriter to help you give your special gift to your daughter. How many girls have their own song written specially for them. What a treasure. Isn’t that so much more memorable than a picture frame or a set of linen? Everyone who heard this song and watched the slide show had tears in their eyes and love it.
You could do your own slide show to your version, or I can make one for you from your digital photos. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss this. You can hear the song on my MySpace page and here is the video from Youtube.