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Category: Jamaica

Wednesday, October 13th

basement jukebox

Niney & the Observers, “Blood & Fire” (W. Holness [aka “Niney”]), 1970

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random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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Eyes open to praise
the play of light
Upon the ceiling—
While still abed raise
The roof this morning
Rejoice as you please

—Samuel Menashe (1925-2011), from “Hallelujah”

Thursday, September 16th

basement jukebox

Lee Perry (1936-2021), “People Funny Boy” (L. Perry), 1968

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lagniappe

other day, Chicago

Friday, September 10th

basement jukebox

Augustus Pablo (1953-1999, melodica), King Tubby (1941-1989, engineer, producer), “King Tubby’s Meets Rockers Uptown,” 1974

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random sights

other day, Chicago

Tuesday, August 31st

passings

Lee “Scratch” Perry, producer, March 30, 1936 – August 29, 2021

With Junior Murvin, The Heptones, The Congos, The Upsetters, “Play On Mr. Music,” live, Jamaica (Roots Rock Reggae [1977])

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Producer/co-writer: Junior Murvin, “Police and Thieves” (J. Murvin, L. Perry), 1976

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Producer: The Upsetters, Black Board Jungle, 1973

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

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. . . all thens are lost in a now without a time.

—William Bronk (1918-1999, MCOTD Hall of Fame), from “Referral” (Some Words, 1992, 1998)

Tuesday, August 17th

basement jukebox

The Paragons, “The Tide Is High” (J. Holt, T. Evans, H. Barrett), 1967

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Thursday, August 12th

basement jukebox

Burning Spear, “New Civilization,” 1972

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, August 7th

basement jukebox

The Wailers, “Soul Shakedown Party,” 1970

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, October 24th

sounds of Jamaica

Koffee, “Pressure” (remix feat. Buju Banton), 10/20/20

 

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random sights

other day, Chicago

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We use similes to show
things are connected –

and they are,
just not in the way we say.

—Rae Armantrout, from “Finalist” (London Review of Books, 10/8/20)

Tuesday, September 22nd

passings

Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, singer, songwriter, December 8, 1942–September 11, 2020

The Maytals (later Toots and the Maytals), “Pressure Drop” (F. Hibbert), 1970 (original recording)

 

It’s a song about revenge, but in the form of karma: If you do bad things to innocent people, then bad things will happen to you. The title was a phrase I used to say. If someone done me wrong, rather than fight them like a warrior, I’d say: “The pressure’s going to drop on you.”

—Toots Hibbert, The Guardian, 9/6/16

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, July 25th

basement jukebox

Dobby Dobson (July 5, 1942-July 21, 2020), “I’m a Loving Pauper,” 1967

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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A lifetime adrift in a boat, or in old age leading a tired horse into the years, every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), from Narrow Road to the Interior (translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill)

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