9/5/17: Bob Marley “No Woman No Cry”
The first voice I heard in my head this morning was John Candy in “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” saying “I’m going to Jamaica, mon!” When I think of Jamaica, it’s not too hard to lead right into Bob Marley, any my favorite song from him.
Marley started out with The Wailers, but it was his solo career that made him into a superstar. It’s arguable that he introduced most of the world to reggae music, and we’re all probably better off for it. Marley’s music and public image was centered squarely on peace and love, on coexisting as people. It’s music and messages that resonated with people not just in his home of Jamaica but all across the world.
Bob Marley’s face and voice became synonymous with peace and love, and these days he’s an icon on the level of John Lennon when it comes to pushing for peace and love. Marley was a Rastafarian, and that spirituality seeps into his work in a way that helps to connect it, and him, with the larger world. He passed away in 1981, at only 36, but his music lives on. These days, I see Bob Marley t-shirts and bumper stickers all over the place and hear his music in some of the most unexpected places. My favorite song by him was always “No Woman No Cry,” so that’s the music in my head today.
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