Today is obviously going to be one of those odd, musical mash-up days… And yes, it is Wednesday… or as the kids like to call it “hump day”.
That means getting over the hump of the week, though I sure like the other meaning of the word. Think about how much of a better place the world would be if there was more humping… People would be happier and under so much less stress… There would be no more war… no more scandals… Well, okay… Now I am just dreaming. A boy can dream, can’t he?
While I am thinking of it, somehow… and I am really not sure how, I missed two of my favorite records from last year in my Year End Summary… I will update it, but in the meantime put down Dr. John and Locked Down… produced by Dan Auerbach from Black Keys, this record kicks serious booty… and if you want to shake that booty, Alabama Shakes’ Boys & Girls is remarkable… and seeing them live… Fantastic!!!
So I started the morning with a little GMA and Josh Groban… then went off to listen to some more on my own… Guy’s got a voice… and he is only 31… bastard!
Then I realized it would have been Bob Marley’s 68th birthday… should be Bob Marley’s 68th B-day… which leads me to apologize to Matt Pond and Richard Thompson who were angling to be today’s post… The week is almost humped, boys… We’ll get there…
Bob Marley – Legend
Too many albums and collections to choose from… so why not go with the classic “greatest hits” compilation and get an amazing overview of just how essential Bob Marley was and is. The man transcended Reggae and ushered world music into the mainstream. Nesta Robert Marley was more than a ground breaker and rebel, he was a true musical ambassador… traveling the world spreading peace and love and bringing music into many, many hearts. One Love was more than just a song… it was a movement and a way of life.
This one came out in 1984, three years after his death and “is reggae’s best-selling album, going ten times Platinum… and selling 25 million copies worldwide.”
Rolling Stone pegged it at #46 out of the 500 greatest albums of all time…
“Legend holds the distinction of being the second longest-charting album in the history of Billboard magazine… Legend has had a chart run of 992 non-consecutive weeks, surpassed only by The Dark Side of the Moon at 1574 weeks.”
So why hasn’t Reggae taken the shores of the US by storm like it has the rest of the world? My friend Rich asks that question a lot… and he thinks it is because people dismiss Reggae and the artists as a bunch of pot smoking, fun-loving, non-serious musicians. That could not be further from the truth… Check out his shows at Reggae TV.
Yes, there is some ganja in Rasta… but look at artists like Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff and Burning Spear. Their music was incredible… but the message and the movements were just as important… just as powerful.
Bob Marley was a shining light, diminished way too early. But when things feel dark… When things look bleak and the world beats us down, we all must stop… breathe and remember… “Don’t worry, ’bout a thing. Cause every little thing’s gonna be all right.”
Happy Birthday, Bob!