Bob Marley: How To Live Forever
My music will go on forever. Maybe it’s a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. My music will go on forever.
Today marks 31 years since the death of the king of reggae Bob Marley.
There is not much that one can say that hasn’t been said already. So we won’t say the stuff that has been said.
The thing that has made Bob Marley the man he is, is that statement above. In a time before social media and the Internet the penetrative power of his music was so deep that billions living long after he had gone preached the gospel of life from his verses.
When he said those words above, many could have accused him of arrogance. How could this man from a third world country and looking high on his interviews even begin to think he could produce something of that nature? For some he was just a drugged-up dramatic and sometimes unpredictable character.
For many though, the many who hung to every single one of his words, he was magic. He was a precious soul. In his music he united myriads.
That effect was not accidental. The reality Bob’s music spoke of the universal struggle in a very personal way. He was not hung up on how cool and how much ‘swag’ he had. He allowed his music to be a spiritual journey, one that could live beyond him. Instead of making the struggle just about him, he made it universal. He made himself a medium for the depth of understanding that was out there. The things around him were simply props he used to create something that lived forever.
Bob Marley was more than just music. It was about the feel. It was how he channeled that energy. That is where he found forever. That is where he made music that could be adopted as personal testament by people who sometimes could not fully understand his lyrics. It was rebel music and it calls to the rebel in many of us, even to this day.
The beauty of it all is that, 31 years later, there are many who are still only unwrapping some of the little goodies in his music. There are many things he sang about back then that were not fully understood then that only manifested themselves later.
At the end of the day, to create something that lives forever you have to ask yourself something from the song Exodus:Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?