Bob Marley (February 6, 1945 ~ May 11, 1981) was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician, and was the rhythm guitarist and lead singer for Bob Marley and The Wailers from 1963 to 1981.
There is something about Bob Marley that touches us regardless of our musical tastes. At least I have seen that effect. People I have introduced to his music, no matter what their preferred genre of music, always come back to express their enjoyment of his music. I have a poetic heart and I hear lyrics before music. Next I feel music in a way that has nothing to do with genre. When we hear the energy of a song that vibrates love, whether in words or music, we are attracted to it. I feel that way about Bob Marley’s music. Thankfully I discovered him in my teens (longer ago than I care to admit). And beyond my parent’s music of Country and my own choice of Rock, his powerful poetry and Reggae rhythm helped introduce me to a burgeoning love of World Music.
On 21 May 1981, Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga delivered the final funeral eulogy to Marley, declaring: “His voice was an omnipresent cry in our electronic world. His sharp features, majestic looks, and prancing style a vivid etching on the landscape of our minds. Bob Marley was never seen. He was an experience which left an indelible imprint with each encounter. Such a man cannot be erased from the mind. He is part of the collective consciousness of the nation.”
Also, Jann Wenner, co-founder and publisher of the music/politics bi-weekly Rolling Stone, at Marley’s 1994 posthumous introduction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, said: “Bob Marley was the Third World’s first pop superstar. He was the man who introduced the world to the mystic power of reggae. He was a true rocker at heart, and as a songwriter, he brought the lyrical force of Bob Dylan, the personal charisma of John Lennon, and the essential vocal styling’s of Smokey Robinson into one voice.”
In my third post in a row (see original post) cheering on the work towards peace being done by Playing For Change, here are three songs covering the work of Bob Marley. May you enjoy. And may you raise your voice, singing out for peace and oneness. We are all in this together.
Three different Playing For Change 5-min YouTube videos:
Playing For Change (YouTube) about this third video of “War / No More Trouble” ~ “As we made our way around the world we encountered love, hate, rich and poor, black and white, and many different religious groups and ideologies. It became very clear that as a human race we need to transcend from the darkness to the light and music is our weapon of the future. This song around the world features musicians who have seen and overcome conflict and hatred with love and perseverance. We dont need more trouble, what we need is love. The spirit of Bob Marley always lives on.”
Thank you again to the organization Playing For Change! I wanted to do even more than donating or creating an event. I want to promote you. May my dear readers and visitors visit any one of the links I’ve provided or search online and learn more about these inspired people from all over the world, making music and singing together in celebration of World Peace. We can do this.