On May 11, 1981, Bob Marley died of cancer (unless you are a conspiracy theorist) at the age of 36. He was a beautiful man with a bright smile and a big, distinctive voice. If you know nothing at all about Jamaica’s rich and turbulent history, you probably know that it is the home country of reggae legend Bob Marley. He has become the face and voice of the Caribbean country.
Perhaps you became acquainted with Mr. Marley in your college years. The poster of him with his long locs swinging in mid-motion has been a staple of college dorm room walls for many years. Maybe you are enamored with him because of his liberal use of ummm “the green stuff.” For me, his music has been the soundtrack for many important events in my life such as working on my novel, being on the super grind in the wee hours of the morning and of course wildin’ out at late night reggae parties. From the light and hip-swerving “Jammin” to the more politically astute “Get Up Stand Up,” Bob Marley’s unique voice over those unmistakable Jamaican beats has been a constant in my life. I love his passion and his music–which are perhaps one in the same.
You are missed, Mr. Marley.
What is your favorite Bob Marley song?