Friday 23 March 2018
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“Music is to the soul what words are to the mind.” ― Modest Mouse

The music culture in our home is eclectic. We allow any good inspiring music as long as the lyrical and video content are not suggestive in anyway. Of course, it doesn’t mean we don’t get to stumble upon one or two of those “dirty” ones especially with cable TV. But we control it with eagle eyes.

Although we are a Christian family, my wife and I are not really the strictly Gospel-only music culture in the home. Everyone is free to make his/her own musical choice as long as it is of good audio and video content. I for one believe that inspiration is diverse just as we all are uniquely different. And moreover as a staunch die-hard romantic (although my wife thinks otherwise) I have a soft spot for slow R and B and some good soul and of course gospel music.

I adore Celine Dion. Her hits like “Call the man” and “The power of love” get me teary-eyed all the time. Also Yanni’s Nightingale gets me mushy-mushy while the late Whitney Houston’s “I give to you” gets me in worship-mode. Enya is another favourite. And the list is almost endless.

My wife is an R and B and jazz lover. Her favourites include Toni Braxton, the late Whitney Houston, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Andre Bucheli and Laura Posini, to name but a few.

So, when at the age of two Ryan fell in love with the R&B boy band “Westlife” we didn’t raise eyebrows. His favorite song of theirs is “tell me what makes a Man” which he fondly calls “iba”. Till today at five, Ryan is still a fan, and further more he gets some of the lyrics in the song. And moreover, he introduced me to the gospel worship singer Gloreeyah Braimah’s popular “Miracle worker” hit.

Parents, know that the music culture in your homes grow not only on you but on your kids also! It’s a major influence on their young minds. So, be careful the music culture you expose them to.

However, I have been recently paying more attention to gospel worship songs and my kids are catching the “gospel fever”. Kari Jobe, Taya Smith, Nathaniel Bassey, and Gloreeyah Braimah are my most recent inspirations. Thankfully, my two kids are subtly treading the path. And Ryan seems the natural, innate worshiper. I think he’s got rhythm wired in him. My fingers are crossed! As for Idy, I’m still keeping a close watch.

Choose the music culture in your home, it impacts your kids for life!

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

# building tomorrow’s leaders today.
Happy Parenting!

Efiok Udoh

Efiok William Udoh, the second son in a family of six siblings, is a Nigerian-born Russian-trained Medical Practitioner, who has been in Private Practice for over a decade. He is an aspiring writer, fluent in English, Russian, and Portuguese languages. He is an ardent reader, a die-hard romantic and optimist. He loves to cook, travel and spend time with his family playing, having crazy fun and creating awesome memories. He is married to the jaw-dropping beautiful ex-model, Bernice, the woman of his dreams, whom he met in December 2009. They have two kids and currently live in Lagos, Nigeria.

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