Today’s #MusicMonday is dedicated to Nesta Robert Marley whom we now affectionately call Bob Marley. This past Thursday would of be the legends 69th birthday. Praised by millions, this Rastafarian reggae superstar captivated audiences worldwide. To this day, millions celebrate his music. Why? Because he sang of love, redemption, liberation , justice, and boy did he know how to drop a beat…
Bob Marley pushed the wheels of the civil rights movement; he was not just a singer he was an awakening activist, a legend that sing about freedom, equality and having in peace with you and not troubling anybody else. As we ease back into the rat race, let’s allow the influence of Bob Marley to transport us from our daily-grinds to a place where there is one love.
1. Liquor Store Blues – Bruno Mars & Damien Marley
Maybe it was the Super Bowl halftime show that made me love Bruno, but this guy knows a little somethin’ somethin’ about reggae. This collab with Damien makes this song that much better.
2. No Letting Go – Wayne Wonder
This is a song, according to Mr. Wonder, is about a girl that he knew, but declines to mention her name. He said in an interview with MTV in 2003 “I just wrote this song [about a girl] without calling her name in the song because she always said to me, ‘you are always [calling] these other girls’ names.’ I said, ‘I don’t have to call your name, I’ll just write a song and you can appreciate it.’ Boys, are you taking notes?
3. Revolution – Dennis Brown
Dennis Brown has got to be in this mix! Bob Marley calls Brown as his favorite singer in dubbing him “The Crown Prince of Reggae.” Brown has proved influential to future generations of reggae singers.
4. No Woman No Cry -Fugees
A Marley tribute without be complete without this rendition of ‘No Woman No Cry’ by the Fugees. The Score remains an all time favorite of mine — I’m sure Bob would be proud.
5. Your House – Steel Pulse
Straight to the point. “I wanna live in your house” Can anyone be any more specific as to how they feel? When you love someone you want nothing more than to be a part of their life everyday. I love how the song expresses that feeling of wanting to live in the same house. Classic stuff right here.
6. Animal – Mike Snow
I think anyone can relate to this song. To me, this song is about someone who can’t decide what to do with his life. You may have had dreams of becoming something great when you were younger, but life happened. Sometimes, we contemplate letting go of those dreams and accept the normal course of life that we are currently living. In this song, the singer is not sure if he’s free or if he’s tied up, in other words, he doesn’t know if he’s actually still working toward accomplishing his dreams or if he’s already given-in to being an average person. Beloved, stay hungry, stay foolish.
7. The Harder They Come – Jimmy Cliff
Definitely about striking back against oppression, no doubt, this song is from someone who is willing to fight for what is they and won’t let people get in the way. My inner rebel favors this lyric: “But I’d rather be a free man in my grave, Than living as a puppet or a slave…”
8. Love is my Religion – Ziggy Marley
With deep Lyrics, sweet melody, and an unassuming voice, Ziggy follows in his father’s footsteps and tells us what we really need: love.
9. One Love – Bob Marley
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” ― Bob Marley
I believe music is such a powerful instrument for change!
Happy Monday!! –CC
About the Author
Crystal Crain, Dallas, TX native. Salsa lover, the dance – not the dip. World traveler. Bookworm. Clothing aficionado. Learning to embrace her type A. Europe and Antarctica are the only continents she has to yet to conquer. Korean speaking, French learning, Oakwood University graduate in Huntsville, AL. Law school bound (one day).