Watch: Celebrate Love with Shan Vincent de Paul’s Father’s Day / Dad Anthem “Light”

Shan Vincent de Paul reminds us of Father’s Day’s true meaning in his beautiful new video “Light,” starring his daughter Remedios X.

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There’s a tendency in our culture to forget the importance of holidays. Companies like Hallmark have, for decades, efficiently extorted our most important occasions, turning them all into opportunities for frivolous spending rather than moments of togetherness and appreciation. You don’t need to spend $5 on a pre-written card to tell someone you love them; just be there with them, fully and unconditionally. Shan Vincent de Paul reminds us of what Father’s Day really means in his beautiful new video “Light,” starring his daughter Remedios X.

Shan Vincent de Paul © 2018

Shan Vincent de Paul © 2018

You are my light my little light
you make everything alright
you know if you ever need,
just call on me,
built my wings when I fell down
taught me how to dream out loud
held my hand when I felt weak
you’re all I need

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering the music video for “Light,” taken from Shan Vincent de Paul’s 2016 debut album Saviors. Born in Sri Lanka and based in Canada, rapper and songwriter Shan Vincent de Paul has earned praise as an up-and-coming talent thanks to his emotional raps and clever critiques. He’s political, globally-minded, and socially-conscious – an artist with a vision.

And part of that vision involves recognizing what matters most to any and all of us in this world – Family: The ones we love. It’s a song about living in the moment, and being completely there with others – in this case, the focus is on de Paul’s daughter Remedios X, whose smile is bright enough to light up a room.

Shan Vincent de Paul - Light

Shan Vincent de Paul – Light

Now if all we’ve got left to show for this time
is just a snapshot of both of us
I’d rather skip the pic and taste the now
and keep that smile for me
I know it’s selfish I agree
but with your heart that’s what I’ll be
cause your my, your my everything
you’re all I need

“Light” challenges us to forget about the keepsakes and the tangibles for a day, and fully immerse ourselves in life’s second-by-second motion. “I’d rather skip the pic and taste the now and keep that smile for me,” de Paul sings, refusing to conform to what has sadly become the norm for most families on a day that should be about celebrating one another, rather than trying to look good for a camera or capture a momentary smile.

“The song is taken from my debut album Saviors. The entire project was an ode to those that gave me light when I needed it the most,” Shan Vincent de Paul tells Atwood Magazine. “My daughter was my ultimate savior. I wrote the song shortly after she was born. The rest of the album is pretty heavy-hearted, so it was nice to sneak a sweet lil’ dad anthem in there.”

He continues, “I made this video for Mimi for when she gets older. I want her to look back at it and know how much joy she brings me. She’s given me new life, reinforced my purpose and has shown me a light that gives me eternal hope. My light, my little light…”

You can be their hands for when they can’t reach
you can be their eyes for when they can’t see
you can be their voice for when they can’t speak
but that little light belongs to me
I know it’s selfish I agree
but with your heart that’s what I’ll be
cause your my, your my everything
you’re all I need
Ooooh I believe it, I believe
believing in you,
gave me the light, Oh
gave me the light, Oh

I don’t know about you readers, but I’ve got a tear in my eye as I type these words. “Light” is an unequivocal love song, an emotional tribute to the people who matter most to us – whether it’s our parents, our children, our friends, and so forth. de Paul and Mimi’s father/daughter bond shines brightly through this colorfully cheerful video – and every moment’s warmth is boosted that much further by the song’s shining grace.

This Father’s Day, celebrate with your loved ones by being fully present for them. I challenge you to turn off your phones, put away the cameras, and just be together, in the same room with one another. Cherish them by connecting with them, and through this small, seemingly benign gesture, you’ll make this Father’s Day an unforgettable treasure.

Watch: “Light” – Shan Vincent de Paul

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Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com