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 by Mitch Santell On Family & Legacy
This week is going to be a busy one for Julian Marley as he is considered a front runner to potentially win this year's Best Reggae Album at the Grammy Awards. Now, who believes that Julian Marley is a front runner? Well, I do - and this is my opinion.
Los Angeles is unique to reggae music because it is trendy there. Most people always think of Jamaica as the number one place for reggae.
From our experience here at Big Reggae Mix (streaming Top Shelf Reggae for the past five-plus years), there is a whole lot of reggae going on in San Diego.
There appears to be a lot of buzz around Julian Marley (as well as his dad's legacy) because had Bob Marley been alive this year, it would have been his 75th Birthday.
The only place that loves Bob Marley more than Los Angeles might just be Jamaica. The legendary Reggae performer not only influenced his entire genre, and many future genres that had yet to be invented when he was releasing music, but he influenced an entire culture by bringing the notion and aesthetics of Rastafarianism to popular culture, and while most places not located within college dorm rooms have grown out of the phase, L.A. never quite did.
Mitch Santell Comments continue:
Since I posted part one of this blog posting, I have had two more people hear the opening track from "As I AM," titled "Are You The One." Both of these people, one a man and the other a woman, wanted to know if Bob Marley had released a new "uncovered track." My response was, "No, this is Julian Marley, Bob's son!" After that, we were online looking at Julian Marley's discography, videos and other tracks that Julian has released over the years.
If Julian Marley Wins The Grammy
Julian Marley may very well win the Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 2020, or like a lot of artists, he may end up winning a Grammy in the future for some other project not related, and as we all know, we never know until Grammy Awards night.
If Julian Marley Wins The Grammy, he won't be the black sheep in the family anymore because too many people are now awake to the fact that Julian sounds precisely like Bob, Yeah man RASTAFARIAN!
If Julian Marley Does Not Win The Grammy
NARAS may pass on Julian Marley this year, and if they do, you are going to see Julian continue to spread his RASTAFARIAN Reggae Arms into even more profound music and video projects.
Another short audio clip from my 30 minute personal conversation with Julian Marley:
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