For decades the power of music has been shown to transcend differences in race, culture, religion, economic status and so many other issues that divide us.
Now, I have no apologies for this but I'm a reggae lover, not dancehall, but pure classic reggae, the likes of the one and only Brother Bob Marley, the smooth lyrics of Beres Hammond, UB40, Peter Tosh, the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra and many of the true purest in the world of reggae music.
But back to my first love, Reggae music, I truly believe that Bob Marley was a messenger from God/Allah/Buddha….or whatever you call your God. The messages in his music was, and still is, Legendary. Bob’s music was written in the 60’s and 70’s yet they remain current and applicable to the world and society today. I know some of his lyrics were from other artists and political activist but yet the way his music is still relevant amazes me. I want you read the lyrics of the songs below and think about how they apply today -
“Redemption song, Old pirates, yes, they rob I; Sold I to the merchant ships, minutes after they took I from the bottomless pit. But my hand was made strong by the hand of the Almighty. We forward in this generation triumphantly. Won't you help to sing, these songs of freedom? 'Cause all I ever have: redemption songs. Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; none but ourselves can free our minds. Have no fear for atomic energy, cause none of them can stop the time. How long shall they kill our prophets, while we stand aside and look? Ooh! Some say it's just a part of it: We've got to fulfill the book”.
“War” - Until the philosophy which hold one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned - Everywhere is war - Me say war. That until there is no longer first class and second class citizens of any nation, until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes - Me say war. That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all, without regard to race - This a war. That until that day the dream of lasting peace, world citizenship, rule of international morality will remain in but a fleeting illusion to be pursued, but never attained - Now everywhere is war - war.
We know that the words from “War” are based on speech made by Emperor Haile Selassie before the United Nations General Assembly in 1963. But can you think of how many different ways these words from all of his songs are still so relevant today.
This is my take on an analysis and application of some of his words – Redemption Song words –
“Emancipate yourselves from metal slavery; none but ourselves can free our minds” – Let us all stop taking the news as presented by Fox or CBS or ABC or the person next to you or the Donald Trump’s; free your mind to read and evaluate the facts for yourself. Base your opinions on the facts that you have evaluated for yourself.
“Have no fear for atomic energy, cause none of them can stop the time” - Don’t fear the things you have no control over, because time is our greatest enemy. Be productive with the time you have so that you have no regrets when your time is up.
War words – “Until the philosophy which hold one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned - Everywhere is war” – Is there any race that is superior to another; I’ve met fools from all ethnic groups, but until the world at large can accept that we are all made equal but opportunity and the lack of opportunity makes the difference; there will always be derivatives.
“That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all, without regard to race…that until that day the dream of lasting peace, world citizenship, rule of international morality will remain in but a fleeting illusion to be pursued, but never attained”- Basic human rights should be guaranteed to ALL. These are the basic human rights; Right to self-determination, to liberty, to due process of law, to freedom of movement, to freedom of thought, to freedom of religion, to freedom of expression, to peacefully assemble and to freedom of association….why should anyone not have full access to these rights.
Utilize the FREEDOMS you have to be a free thinker, research the local politicians, research the national politicians and utilize your FREEDOM to get registered to VOTE and VOTE!!! Don’t take your FREEDOMS for granted.