Written by Mitch Santell
Producer & Co-founder
If you are new to Reggae, we get new fans discovering the genre all the time; it makes you ask the most obvious question, "Why did Bob Marley Smoke Marijuana?
According to Megan Romer at ThoughtCo., she wrote the following:
Commentary and Analysis by Mitch Santell
Producer, Co-Founder Big Reggae Mix
The most important thing in the world is love. It does not matter where you come from, how much money you have or do not have or your background. Reggae to me equals love.
The culture within the Reggae Community is the absolute best within the music business. Reggae, regardless if it's Dub, Roots and Reggae Pop continues to empower, delight and inspire audiences, artists, independent labels and Festivals.
There just seems to be more connection within the Reggae Community vs. other forms of music that I have worked with since I started producing in 1977.
Now that you have read a few lines on my passion for Reggae, I want to share with you something that Bob Marley wrote about love, relationships, the deep connection that some of us have to share and express.. It is with great excitement that I place something I really consider sacred here for you to read.
The human connection of love as written and shared by Bob Marley himself:
“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you."
When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful.
There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever.
Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face.
In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do.
Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”
― Bob Marley
Commentary and Analysis by Mitch Santell
Producer and Co-Founder, Big Reggae Mix
Since launching Big Reggae Mix (KREG) on November 5, 2014 we have watched our little station grow organically.
While my own background has been producing POP, Smooth Jazz, Alternative and Rock Music, you need to know from me as the Co-Founder of the station that I have learned about Reggae from our Founder Scott T. Brown whom I have known personally for over ten years.
In looking at the spectrum of various music formats, I sincerely know in my heart that in 2015 -- Reggae Music (and most of its sub-genres - no we don't play dance hall), has a profound impact on our world.
The impact and the healing power of Reggae to 2015 is what the Folk and Rock Music Movements were in the 1960's. Reggae Music is literally the one form of music that is still promoted, run and distributed for the most part by music people.
Many of the artists that I now listen to I listen to because of Scott T. Brown. If Big Reggae Mix was more than just an online radio station - let's say we expanded and became a record label - I am now convinced that with Scott T. Brown's ears and Errol Brown (our partner and Executive Producer) we would have a slew of #1 hits.
The music business continues as always to go through tremendous transition. As I learn more and more about Reggae, I am open and willing to share with you, our followers, listeners and fans some more about the depth and breadth of Reggae.
So check this out:
Reggae is the musical genre which revolutionized Jamaican music. When it emerged in the late 1960s, it came as a cultural bombshell not only to Jamaica but the whole world. Its slow jerky rhythm, its militant and spiritual lyrics as well as the rebellious appearance of its singers, among others, have influenced musical genres, cultures and societies throughout the world, contributing to the development of new counterculture movements, especially in Europe, in the USA and Africa. Indeed, by the end of the 1960s, it participated in the birth of the skinhead movement in the UK. In the 1970s, it impacted on Western punk rock/ pop cultures, influencing artists like Eric Clapton and The Clash. During the same decade, it inspired the first rappers in the USA, giving rise to hip-hop culture. Finally, since the end of the 1970s, it has also influenced singers originating from Africa, the Ivorian singers Alpha Blondy and Tiken Jah Fakoly, and the South African Lucky Dube clearly illustrating this point. Thus, my paper will examine the impact of reggae music on the worldwide cultural universe, focusing particularly on Europe, the USA and Africa.
Reggae music not only influenced the skinhead movement, but it also strongly influenced the punk movement, partly thanks to Don Letts, a young black man born in London of Jamaican parents. In 1977, Don Letts was a DJ at the legendary nightclub The Roxy where he introduced reggae and dub to the burgeoning punk rock scene, thereby influencing British punk bands like The Clash and The Sex Pistols. In an interview that I conducted with Don Letts, he explained to me how he happened to play reggae in this famous punk-oriented club:
Once I started to do my own research and uncover the “ back story ” on the origins of Reggae I was even more impressed.
Written by Mitch Santell
Mitch Santell is a music and radio producer and is the Co-Founder of Big Reggae Mix. Starting today Mitch will be directly contributing blog postings to the site.
Today you are in for a very special treat. At 12 Noon Pacific Time we will air Errol Brown's Special Tribute to Bob Marley.
We hope you enjoy the show as much as Mr. Errol Brown Enjoyed Producing it.
I'll have a lot more to say and soon. Welcome to Big Reggae Mix, digital broadcast radio hailing form San Diego to the entire world. Welcome to our station. Enjoy the show.
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