(And you might need a tissue when you watch it.)
“It’s really a song about loving others, just as God does,” said Nathan Thomas, a husband and father of three.
Thomas penned “When I Grow Up” with fellow songwriters, Foster Ferrell and Jason Earley. The song wasn’t hard to write, “it just flowed,” Thomas said.
“We wrote it in just four hours,” Thomas said, “which is unusual (to write a song that quickly).”
Parents, be mindful
The music video, filmed by videographer Nick Bastoky, follows the song’s story, which is split into three sections, Thomas said.
The video starts out with images of Thomas’ son, Jackson “Jax” as he’s waking up and getting dressed up just like dad — button-up shirt, dress jacket, jeans and loafers. He drinks coffee like dad, “mostly half-and-half.”
“When I grow up,
I’m gonna know it all like you, and I’ll be tough,
“No matter how old I get,
I still question this,
Am I half the man you’re calling me to be.”
Thomas said his favorite part about his writing is being able to tell a story and craft a message into the lyrics and melody.
“I try to write from a place of reality, having a chance to tell a story and draw a parallel and … not just from my perspective, but from the listener’s perspective and how they might connect with it,” Thomas explained.
For now, Thomas remains in independent and self-produced musician and songwriter. Although he aspires to find a record label, he has faith God will lead him in the right direction.
“When I Grow Up” is a song, not only for fathers, but mothers, too.
“I hope it reminds parents that kids are always watching … and they are always looking up to you — how you interact with other people and how to love people,” Thomas said. “For me, the song is encouragement to stay the course as a parent and be a good example for your kids.”
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You can also stream Thomas’ music on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora and Deezer.
Reach reporter Nancy DeGennaro at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter @NanDeGennaro.
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