Listening to Music Through New Ears

Riding in the car with the family when Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” comes on and my oldest says, “Why does this sound like Slick Rick?” When the rapped verse comes on my oldest shouts, “he even sounds like Slick Rick.” For the first time in more than 25 years listening to this song, I heard it for the first time. In under five minutes #myson gave me a deeper appreciation for a #song that has played in the background for most of my #adultlife. #thatsmyboy #ThanksSon #TeachMe #ImReadyToLearn #ProudDad #MyKidKnowsHipHop #HipHopHead #RaiseThemRight #ThemPalmerBoys #hiphop #rapmusic #slickrick #montelljordan #thisishowwedoit #childrensstory #classichiphop #90srnb #ThinkingGood #Fatherhood #musicwithkids #BeYourBetterSelf #harrypottershirt #nextgen #hiphopkids

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Pieces Of Me: A (Selected) Autobiography of John Jioni Palmer

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I was five or six and recall being in a laundromat, but mom believes it was at a grocery store. The alleged transgression is forgotten by us both, but each remembers her towering over me index finger wagging demanding, “Who do you think you are?” I replied, “John Jioni Palmer.”

Four decades later I am still that boy, but also much more. I am a son, husband, father and eldest grandchild; storyteller, chef, leader and coach—to name a few. Each day I breathe, I endeavor to be my best at who I am, while also nurturing the desire to explore and develop new ways of being and doing.

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