Based in Lubbock, Texas, Peter Stevens is an elementary school teacher who is passionate about empowering and educating younger generations. Outside of his professional endeavors, Peter is a dedicated father to his son, Arden, active community member and philanthropist, and a lover of all things music. In this blog, Peter will talk about his town, his music, and the trials and joys of being a father.
Recently, Peter moved to Lubbock, Texas to spend more time with his son. Since arriving in Lubbock, he has been learning more great things about his new town each day. From discovering cafes, restaurants, and gyms, to exploring local history, to interacting with members of a community with politics far different from his own, Peter has had an interesting outsider’s perspective on this fascinating Texas town. Some of his favorite places in Lubbock include the India Palace Restaurant on 34th Street and Yellow House Coffee.
The India Palace Restaurant, not to be confused with India Palace, has an all you can eat buffet for under $10. While the food is an amazing, Peter loves the culture and friendly atmosphere of the restaurant, first and foremost. They are always playing Indian music and the owner really takes pride in giving good service and being very respectful to his customers.
Meanwhile, Yellow House Coffee is unlike any other places in Lubbock. It feels like a coffee shop you might find in Austin, New Mexico, or off some lonely highway in Texas. The crowd tends to lean towards the college crowd demographic, however, Peter definitely feels a strong connection to this place because it is so different than what the rest of town has to offer. For Peter, the quality of the service and beverages is impressive to watch and to be a part of.
Peter loves old-school music of many genres, from classic rock to 80s rap, jazz and reggae to punk and ska music, and cheesy 70s rock ballads to songs by old school country singers like Merle Haggard.
Peter loves the craftsmanship in old music, as seen in the skill of the singers and musicians, the quality of lyric writing, and the care put into the music production. While he likes some newer bands, such as Cage the Elephant, Band of Horses, and Modest Mouse, he does not spend as much time listening to more recent music. He often finds that the lyrics to many newer songs don’t speak to him as strongly. Additionally, he is not friends with too many music lovers, and is not up-to-date on a lot of new bands.
If you are looking for some good music, Peter recommends the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Smiths, Prince, Buddy Holly, Blondie, the Police, Neil Young, the Cure, Michael Jackson, the Cars, Cat Stevens, Cheap Trick, John Lennon, Coconut Records, the Clash, ELO, Everclear, Luna, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Kings of Leon, and the works of songwriters like Richie, Kenny Rodgers, Hall and Oates, Marvin Gaye, or Otis Redding. He especially loves the song “Rubber Ring” by the Smiths, which he feels perfectly sums up how he feels about the importance of music in his life.
Fatherhood & Parenting
Peter Stevens is unabashedly a nerd whose soul purpose in life is to be an amazing father to his son and make sure that he has a great life. As Peter contends, having a son is the greatest gift in the world as it gives him a real sense of purpose. He strives each day to be the best role model possible for his son.
As a single father, Peter understands the struggles and challenges that single parents face while trying to raise a child. He hopes to be an inspiration and message of hope for others — both men and women — who find themselves in a similar situation. Over the years, Peter has learned that raising a child can be overwhelming at times, but at the end of the day it is more rewarding than anything else.