Bob Marley

On the ‘birth day’ of Bob Marley it feels a quote would be apropos. Digging through his work it was hard to settle on one phrase that defines his vision. He most definitely lived life a free soul – right up to the end – but time teaches us that nothing is really free. Every thing comes at a cost.
We had the pleasure of conversation with one of his former loves Esther Anderson – late one Chelsey night, sitting in his chair, inside the Brownstone building where so many musical moments were born.

We will save her story to share in a music documentary currently unfolding – ‘Love Yourself More’

What we take away from our time spent with her is ‘trust the art – not the artist.’  Seems it is how life goes, and we can appreciate his ability to see a perfect world.

“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. Colors 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

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History in the simple things- Music.

a bob marley

All too often in this day and age artists become flashes in a pan of one hit wonders through the luxuries and downfalls of technology and social media. Back in the day when words, visions, hopes & dreams were simply recorded in black and white print in the morning papers, oddly enough they hold truth, vision and the way it was to be. No bright lights and banners, but simply music, hopes and dreams with stories to be told with solid action and commitment. Robert Hilburn called this one right as each icon lives on today in the footprints of music history that are the foundation of music as we know it today.

“In his triumphant U.S. tour last year, 31-year-old Marley displayed the kind of stunning musical stance and convincing persona that has made him the most important and acclaimed new arrival in rock since Bruce Springsteen. There are only a dozen or so artists of each generation (Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, among the most prominent in the 1950s; the Beatles, Stones, Dylan, Hendrix, among others in the 1960s) who carry both the artistic vision and popular appeal to be truly influential. Marley is an artist with enough impact, originality and purpose to join them.” – Robert Hilburn, Los Angeles Times (May 1976)

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