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Dancing to the beat…


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Your Number One.”Number one

My late dad adored music so much that now when I think of music and him, I think that he might have had a secret desire to be an artist or a maestro.

He played a plethora of tracks from diverse artists that right from my toddling days I grew up to appreciate and have an ear for all kinds of music. What I fail to understand is why I cannot carry a tune to match my love for music 😦

When I use the word diverse, this ranged from classics such as: Hallelujah from Handel’s Messiah, music from Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, James Brown, Bob Marley, The Jackson 5, Miriam Makeba, Fela Anikulap-Kuti, Sonny Okosun Elvis Presley, James Last, Don Williams, Dixie Chicks, John Lennon, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Diana Ross, Donna Summer and a host of others

I think the music that sticks in my heart, the track that evokes bitter-sweet reminisce of my childhood and which makes my heart swell in gratitude to the man that nurtured me is the Jim Reeves classic “We Thank Thee”.

This was played in our house very early in the mornings and almost served as our waking call. Whenever I hear this track play anywhere, it transports me right back to our old family living room. To the smell of Sunday breakfast of fried eggs and plantain.

My dad helped to form the love that I have for music and dance today.

To you daddy, I say thank you and I love you always. May perpetual light continue to shine upon you as you rest in peace.

Please take a moment and listen to Jim Reeves, We thank thee and Halleujah from Handel’s Messiah.


Jim Reeves – We thank thee

Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha


17 thoughts on “Dancing to the beat…

  1. Thanking “thee” for this post “We Thank Thee.” It kick started my morning! The start of a new day. What a gift your dad gave you. Music, the language of the soul: appreciation and participation. xox

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  2. What a lovely tribute to your dad and the memories you have of him. He sounds like a fun loving man! Music is magical. There have been times when I’ve heard a song and am reminded of times that I’d long forgotten. It’s quite amazing that one melody, one beat, or one lyric can bring it all back to the forefront of your mind.

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  3. Thanks for making it easy to go to Jim Reeves. I was not familiar with him; however I remember that he was a favorite of my family after I married and no longer lived there. I also love many kinds of music – many of your father’s favorites were mine all.

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