Love in the key of Bob Marley
Nesta Robert “Bob” Marley is a universal legend! Some truths are just written into the scrolls and are indisputable.
Brother Bob was undoubtedly a man’s man, a woman’s man, his own man and certainly a man after God’s own heart.
Today, on the day that Bob, the man would have turned 66, I want to speak of Bob as a woman, not because of any intimate foreknowledge, but because I am a benefactor of the love. And in this month of self-imposed love, with every great expectation for most, it means something to this woman that any man would spend a too-short lifetime (36 years) preoccupied with capital L O V E i.e. Love of self, Love of fellowman, Love of woman, Love of Blackness and with much fervor love of JAH!
It matters that for every mood, political climate, ghetto, people, in times of plenty and times of poverty that this soldier of capital LOVE could always find time and a melody to spread the gospel of capital LOVE to anyone who would listen.
My all-time favorite Bob Marley song has to be No Woman Nuh Cry, written right here in just the way he would sing it. I love that I can hear this song as a gong in my ear, or sometimes even whistle-range, and I can be moved to tears and activity all at once.
Despite the circumstances, I fully understand that there is ‘more LOVE, more LIFE woman, so nuh cry for we gon mek it if we could just mek do wid a likkle bit.’ So much more than any paraphrase or reinvention of original intent/content, for every lyric, which I know word for word, this is how I hear it, this is how I feel it, this is how I know that this is capital LOVE.
Take a listen:
Me capital LOVE!
When he chants “everything’s gonna be alright,” I’m hard-pressed not to believe him. For this post I went a lot off pure feeling for Bob’s music, then I stopped to see what others were saying and finally I searched for Rita Marley because I needed to hear her tell it. Woman to woman, I knew that she would soar where I would never have left ground zero.
I know beyond a shadow that Bob Marley was an easy man to love, even as he was fast becoming legendary as a musician while still walking among us.
He could have been anything/any one thing! He could have been bad man, good man, lover man, sportsman, prophet, revolutionary… He was all of the above and righteously so! But you have to listen, hear and then believe to truly know.
I say to you Bob as you look down, you are LEGEND, you are capital LOVE and we feel you… WE FEEL YOU.