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8/12/22 marks the 5th year anniversary of the passing of my father, Stanley Edward Lee. There is not a moment that I do not miss my father.

This past week, the family and I flew from Seattle, Washington to Dallas, Texas, and then we drove to Olney, Texas then to Lubbock, Texas then to Clovis, New Mexico, and then to Ute Park, New Mexico. The final leg of our trip will consist of a drive to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Each of the stops allowed us to see extended family and friends that we surely missed! If all goes well, this trip will cover over 800 miles by car and span approximately 14 hours of travel time collectively.

This drive allowed lots of time for reflection and reminiscing. As I drove across the dry Texas terrain into “the land of enchantment” aka New Mexico, my heart was feeling rather nostalgic, and my ears were buzzing.

Please click the link below and feel free to turn the sound on and up and allow the song to play in the background:

I couldn’t quite place what was going on, but as I looked in my review mirror, it hit me. I can remember waking up in the backseat of my dad’s 1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass or his 1990 Cadillac Sedan Deville or later in his 1997 GMC Suburban. In each of those vehicles, I would Songbird, released in 1986. My dad loved Kenny G! For some odd reason, he would combine his love for Kenny G with his love for road trips.

While I didn’t play Kenny G on this trip yet, the heavy eyelids and heavy heads of my kids immediately made me think of my father.

My dad loved road trips! I was proud to capture my dad sleeping to Songbird in his 2007 Lexus during a road trip from Alexandria, Virginia to Wilmington, North Carolina to see my aunt.

It is only fitting that I will have the chance to honor my father on the 5th anniversary of his passing. My plan is simple, at some point during the final leg of the trip to Albuquerque, I am going to play Songbird and let Kenny G do what Kenny G does, put the kids to sleep!

Thank you dad, I love you! We love you!

Please continue to watch over your family and bless us!

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