#SundayFunday: Happy Father's Day

#SundayFunday: Happy Father's Day

That's what he said

Text: Adibah Isa

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If you think you have daddy issues, imagine being part of a generation of creatives. We look at the children who've followed in the footsteps of their fathers, and the men who've shaped them

1. Sean Lennon on comparisons with his father, Beatles legend John Lennon
"And the truth is essentially: my dad is so famous and so loved, that people, for the most part, don't see a human being when they look at me. They only see a reflection of an idea of someone else that they have. And they see how I either relate to that person or I don't relate to that person. But they don't see me at all. I don't think that has changed, but what has changed is my understanding and acceptance of that."

John Lennon and Sean Lennon

2. Nancy Sinatra on the craft of her father, singer Frank Sinatra
"That's the one word I'd use to describe him: honest. And I think that's why he survived, and why his music has survived. He told the truth, because he experienced all of it. He was street savvy, New Jersey, you know, it's all there: the heartbreak, the bravado. What you see is what you hear is what you get." 

Nancy and Frank Sinatra

3. Steven Tyler on fatherhood and his daughters Liv and Mia Tyler
"What would I say to my children? We may have picked the key but they are their own song. We don't own them, they only pass through us, as Kahlil Gibran says in The Prophet, they don't owe us anything either."  

Liv and Steven Tyler

4. Frances Bean Cobain on the music of her father, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain
"I was around 15 when I realized he was inescapable. Even if I was in a car and had the radio on, there's my dad. He's larger than life and our culture is obsessed with dead musicians. We love to put them on a pedestal. He inspired people to put him on a pedestal, to become St. Kurt."

Kurt and Frances Bean Cobain

5. Poet Laureate Cecil Day Lewis on the birth of his son, actor Daniel Day Lewis
"This morsel of man I've held –
What potency it has, 
Though strengthless still and naked as 
A nut unshelled!"
Cecil and Daniel Day Lewis