Celebrating fathersWednesday, June 16, 2021
BY RICHARD JOHNSON
THE absence of music which speaks to the great work done by fathers was the impetus behind the latest song by guitarist and producer Lamont “Monty" Savory.
He shared that when he started thinking of lyrics for his rhythm, an idea came to him: 'What is lacking in the music today?' With that, the song Daddy You was born.
“I was really kinda stuck so I was going through a tube of things in my mind and it just came to me that we don't really have a lot of songs about fathers. When Mother's Day comes around you can hear a lot of songs speaking about Mommy, but for Father's Day, the most you will hear is Dance With My Father Again,” he told the Jamaica Observer.
Savory noted that while he did not have a relationship with his father while growing up, he channelled his experiences as a dedicated father to his two young daughters to fashion the lyrics to Daddy You. He then drew for the talent of singjay Zamunda to bring the track to life.
“I had worked with Zamunda previously and wanted someone with that modern edge to add to the appeal of the lyrics and rhythm. The first question I asked him when I pitched the song to him was 'What kind of relationship do you have with your father?' His response, 'Mi and mi father good'. That made me know he was perfect for this track as he could bring the authenticity it required,” said Savory.
According to a 2014 Planning Institute of Jamaica study, more than a third of Jamaica's children have no father figure and over 90 per cent of households have the parenting role being performed by the birth mother or a grandmother. The negative impact is seen and felt not only within the immediate family context in the form of limited financial resources and frequent child neglect, but extends into the adult years.
However, opposite outcomes have been found in the case of the involved father with favourable effects also extending to the mother, resulting in better physical and mental well-being.
For Zamunda, this was one of the fastest recordings he has ever done, turning around the project in a matter of hours and returning the completed track to Savory.
“When Monty ask me that first question he didn't know that my father, Girvan Gayle, grow me from me about three. So I have nuff respect for fathers who play their role. Being a father myself to two daughters, I deal with them in the same way like my father... I have that special love for my children. This is the fastest song I ever record because it is so good to recognise the good fathers out there,” said Zamunda.
Released today, Savory is quick to note that it is not just a song for Father's Day only.
“The opening line speaks to not needing a day or season to celebrate you, and that is what this song is really a out, celebrations rating those fathers who are just doing great things in the lives of their children.”
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