In high school I recognized that I studied better with music in the background. Not the type of music that demanded my full attention, just something rhythmic and soothing. After years of studying I have a fairly large and diverse music collection. Classical composers, Jazz, Blues, Blue grass, Electronica and more. I have fallen in love with music and continue to crave it.

My favorite musician is Bob Marley and favorite song is “Redemption Song”. It does something thing for me. It reminds me of why it was worth it to study hard. It reminds me that I can control my destiny. It reminds me that I am, and we are our own saviors.

“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 ‘and of the Almighty. We forward in this generation Triumphantly.
Won’t you help to sing This songs of freedom
‘Cause all I ever have:
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs.”

Simple in its execution, but profound in its impact. Today’s popular music is mostly simple and without meaning beyond the words. The work of Bob Marley and the Wailers continue to stand the test of time. Their work is still relevant because the world still is not fear to all. The color of your eyes still matter and your religion still matters.

“Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war and until there are 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. And until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race, there is war. And until that day, the dream of lasting peace, world citizenship, rule of international morality, will remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued, but never attained… now everywhere is war.” Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia popularized by Bob Marley.

Is there an artist that inspires you? Does that artist get air play? Do you think Bob would get airplay today?

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