A Commentary by Mitch Santell on Family and Legacy
This past week in the life of Julian Marley has been an amazing one in Los Angeles as his Father would have been 75 years of age this year.
According to Billboard and the Associated Press:
LOS ANGELES -- At a celebration for Bob Marley’s 75th birth anniversary, the late icon’s children — famous in their own right — gathered to tell stories about the reggae king and discuss passing the musical torch to their own children.
Commentary by Mitch Santell Continued
The journey of Julian Marley has a more in-depth and profound meaning to his life because, in my view, he is the culmination of the experiences that his Father went through. At 44, it shines through Julian's face.
Julian Marley makes an immediate impression on you. First, not only can this guy sing, he makes you feel when you hear his songs that he is singing them just for you.
Second, he goes on stage with his tall, slender frame, dominates the scene with his creative presence, and is in great physical shape. He moves at a non-stop pace, and before you know it, you are standing in the aisles dancing with him.
The passion that Julian Marley has for his music is undeniable. His lyrics and musical style are infectious. When you step away from something, (in Julian's case, it was ten years) you come back stronger and more focused than ever. The video above shows Julian's passion for Reggae and his commitment to the Rastafarian movement.
Want to know why Julian Marley is so mature for his age? Take a look at his comments regarding his daughter; they will provide keen insight into the man. You will understand instantly why his songwriting continues to expand. Shift happens!
A Commentary About Your Thoughts and You by Mitch Santell
During my time on this planet, I have found that people around you either go to the positive or the negative or they are neutral.
These same people either enhance your life or you feel like crap when you are around them. Know what I mean?
The reason I have always remained on the positive side is that I have learned to change the narrative.
People in your life who don't have excellent coping skills will openly tell you that they don't want to hear any more of your stories.
The most intimate story that we share in life is the story that we tell ourself.
Now for some of us, we may be called delusional because we have learned the art of "act as if." An example of this would be to act as if "everything is okay" until it is.
Here is something to help shift you:
Your thoughts play an important role in shaping your imagination and creating the state of being you want to be in. When we are in the middle of a crappy situation we often take up a negative dialogue in our head. In some ways we think we are solving the situation by creating all these negative scenarios and dramas. Instead we never realize that a negative dialogue creates a negative outcome.
Think about it. How would you judge your thoughts right now? Are you hopeful? Loving? Pissed Off? Angry? Trusting? Kind? Hateful? What dialogue is running in your head? If your thoughts are rehashing the past events of your life, or creating negative dramas through worry, doubt or fear you are using your imagination for the negative. In doing this you are creating a state of being that is detrimental to your wellbeing. You can’t learn the lesson and grow if you are wallowing in a negative vibration. To change it, you have to first change your thoughts because you cannot get to a better feeling with lousy thinking.
Changing your thoughts requires work. It requires you to be vigilant. Hear a negative thought; change the story. Not only do you have to be cognizant of the dialogues going on the inside, you also have to police the thoughts coming to you from the outside. You are the authority of your thinking and you have to take back your control. The thoughts written on your mind by other people may need to be deleted. Learn to shut down outside opinions and start shifting your thinking. Any story that is creating a negative feeling is not worth repeating over and over again.
When we were children we lived a life of mind-sight. We saw the tree and we climbed it. We never rationalized the challenge. Much to the chagrin of our parents, we just did it. In mind-sight thinking, we saw a world of possibilities. As we got older we shifted to eyesight. We looked at the challenges and came up with a multitude of reasons why it couldn’t be done. Our journey to this Planet Earth never came with a promise of smooth sailing. Adversity in your life is part of the path. You have a choice about the thoughts that dwell in your mind and you have a choice about how you go through an experience. See the possibilities. Rise to the challenge and never look back.
Read more here: http://bit.ly/2TUw3Tv
Bob Marley Singing "Redemption Song Live," in Dortmund, Germany.
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Here are a number of interesting news stories we found world wide in regards to Reggae Music.
Juno Nominee & Canadian Reggae Legend Jay Douglas Releases New Album Lovers Paradise (Best of).
Toronto's own Juno nominated reggae master and soulful singer Jay Douglas has officially released his new album "Lovers Paradise" via Slammin Media. The album is a best of collection of Jay Douglas' classic tracks, as well as some unreleased material that fans have been clamoring for.
Read more here: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/05/prweb15502160.htm
Eight-Time Grammy® Ziggy Marley Partners with the Oral Cancer Foundation.
Read more here: https://prn.to/2kcCtwd
Reggae star Tippa Irie to headline Caribbean festival in Doncaster.
Read more here: http://bit.ly/2rZ6JPE
Make this a magnificent Monday unless you live in New Zealand where it is already Tuesday, Boom!
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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