Thursday, December 31, 2009

Uplifting Reggae.....One Love (Bob Marley)

Get up and dance people. I have to start the new year off with this song. This song speaks for itself. Love is universal, if ever there was a song that I would want to be played in every corner in the world it would be this one......
In 2010 I encourage you to love 100% more than you think you possibly can. Love your brothers, love your sisters......god your hater's and your enemies too. Let's kill them with love in 2010.........

Sunday, December 27, 2009

2009 was fine.......

As the year comes to a close, I want to take this time to thank everyone who reads my blog. I have always felt like I have nothing to there is nothing of myself to share because I'm so plain. Just ordinary, the one who always fades into the shadows, the one who no one will remember.

I lived my life just fulfilling the status quo. My one resolution for 2009 was to break free from the life I had created for myself thus far and start living the live I wanted to live. I wanted to become a better person and live life just for me and not for anyone else. I wanted to wake up everyday and not worry about what the future holds for me and to not be afraid of whatever failures may come my way.....

I'm happy to say that I feel that I have achieved what I set out to do for myself this year. I spent the year getting to know me all over again, loving myself, trusting myself, believing in myself and most importantly forgiving myself. I feels wonderful to know that I challenged myself this year and that I am ending the year with a sense of accomplishment. With confidence that I am stronger, more resilient and more faithful than I ever let myself believe before.

I close the year with a sense of belonging. I have finally found my place in my relationships with friends and family. I know who I am and I can clearly see myself becoming the person I want to be.

I started this blog to share my love of reggae music and share all the lessons I learn in life. I hoped that people would enjoy the positive message in the music I share here, would find something to think about in the tidbits I post here on life lessons and I hoped to give advice and get advice and opinions on the stuff I post about relationships. Most importantly I wanted to prove to myself that I had a voice, that I had something worth reading to post, that there are things I have to share with the world.

I have done just that this year, and I hope to continue doing the same next year.I will try to open up more and share bits and pieces here and there as I continue on my journey of becoming a better person in the years to come.....

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Feel Good Song (Take Me to the West Indies - Rita Marley)

Its winter time. When it starts getting cold I just spend all day thinking about going on vacation somewhere warm. Always brings this song into mind. Enjoy.....its a nice video and the song is good too.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Life Lessons.........Staring at Pumpkins Doesn't Make Them Grow

"Staring at pumpkins doesn't make them grow!"
So simply said, I came across this statement in one of Alexander McCall Smith's novels from The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series. For some reason this quote stayed with me, it has become one of the many sayings that I use to get going in times when I need that extra push.

If you plant pumpkins and expect them to grow, you have to put work into it watering, weeding and tending to the patch in order for them to grow. Well its the same principle if you have things in your life that you need to change. You cannot just sit there looking at the same set of circumstances every day waiting for things to change. You have to actually have to work hard to make changes if you expect results.

So just get going and start working on the things in your life that need to be changed. Start working with the little pumpkins and work your way up. Change takes hard work but the rewards are so worth the it..... Tell me if you had a pumpkin patch, wouldn't you want to see huge, juicy, mouth watering pumpkins in that patch? Well your life is a pumpkin patch so stop sitting there staring at it and start tending to it.........

Sunday, November 15, 2009

How do you define "In A Relationship"?

I've been thinking lately about definations and how drastically one person's defination a relationship can differ from the next person. I'm speaking here specifically about dating. So you meet some one, like each other start hanging out are "getting to know each other", then if you guys are still hanging out after a while it becomes "dating" until eventually he/she is your bf/gf.......

Here's what I want to know.....How do you make these definations? How and what determines if some one is your boyfriend/girlfriend? I'm just saying....people define these things very differently. One person might think that they are dating and another person might think that they are still just getting to know each other. So how exactly does this work? Can't wait to hear what you have to say.........

On a similar note, just threw in this treat for you. Perfect song to get things started right for the night whether you are just getting to know someone, dating or in a relationship.....

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Women In Reggae.........Etana (I am not afraid)

I want to send this one out to all the young women out there that are living their lives boldly.......

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Reggae for Bob Dylan fans

I am really curious .......what do Bob Dylan fans think of reggae music....?

This tribute album I came across features some of Bob Dylan's most loved songs ("Lay Lady Lay", "Mr. Tambourine Man", "Subterranean Blues", "Knocking on heavens door"...) performed by an all star line up of great reggae artists such as Beres Hammond, Gregory Issacs, Luciano and Sizzla. I dont know much about Bob Dylan but my overall impression from listening to this album is that he is a very talented song writer.

Speaking from a reggae lover's perspective, I have to say that the reggae versions of Bob's songs are better than the original. The reggae beats and melodies really improve upon his already great lyrics and just make the songs more expressive and filled with emotion to me.... I added my favorite song from this album below. Take a listen and tell me what you think......

Does reggae work with Bob Dylan's music?

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Jamaica Star :: News :: Two-year-old niece molested...MOB BURNS UNCLE'S HOUSE :: September 29, 2009

I always say that Jamaicans are passionate people. Sometimes people have a difficult time understanding why it is so common for Jamaicans to take the law into their own hands and attack people who commit certain crimes (child molesters/ rapists etc). Take a look at this story that appeared recently in the Jamaica Star. A woman leaves her 2 year old daughter with her uncle to run some errands and comes back to find her baby molested. Bleeding from her vagina.....

The Jamaica Star :: News :: Two-year-old niece molested...MOB BURNS UNCLE'S HOUSE :: September 29, 2009

How do you hear that and not think this man deserves to be beaten so severely and taught a lesson to make sure he would never dare harm another child like that again? It's passion, Jamaicans see something like this happen and they think, what if it was my son/ daughter? They feel the pain for the innocent little child and that makes "innocent until proven guilty" seem insignificant. What becomes significant for them is to act. Act to seek revenge for a helpless child, act to protect all their children from harm, act to make sure that all the child abusers out there know what will happen to them if they choose to act out their evil desires.

There is a saying in Jamaica 'If you mess with children, you better hope the police catches you first'.It is understood that there will be retaliation if they are caught. I wonder if there would be less instances of child molestation in the world if child molesters were more afraid to be caught by people than by the cops........

Friday, September 25, 2009

To date or not to date?

So a friend of mine recently shared this dilemma with me and asked for advice. Just thought I'd put it out there to see what other people think about this situation.

So you meet a guy or a gal and you guys have instant chemistry. You like each other.....You like the persons looks, personality, sense of humor and you have similar goals in life with the person. You think that this person might just be the one for you and you wanna pursue things to maybe have a relationship with this person. However, before things get too serious you find out that your potential perfect match is married. Where do you go from there? Do you take what the person tells you about their marriage into account or it is game over right there?

Would you or would you not get into a relationship with a married person regardless of the circumstances or would you date a married person depending on what their specific situation was?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Uplifting Reggae.....Stronger (Fantan Mojan)

I just love this song. The first time I heard this song, I knew that it would it my song for 2009.......

Basically the whole message of this song is that as long as we keep forging on and pushing ahead in life we will become stronger because we are blessed by god ("Jah"/"Selassie"). Check out Fantan Mojah on myspace. His music exudes with positivity and hope. My two personal favorites from his latest album "Hail The King" are "you can make it" and "Fight to survive". Both songs are on his myspace page. Take a listen and see what Fantan Mojah is all about for yourself........

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Life Lessons......Honesty Is not always the best policy....

I've always considered myself to be a very honest person but as I grow older I am starting to realise that honesty is not always the best policy in life. Yea, this kinda sounds weird but I am not talking about what we all know about not cheating or stealing etc....

What I'm talking about here is telling little white lies. I am beginning to find that some situations do call for a little white lie. It seems to me that honesty can and should be sacrificed in the name of niceness. It's a fact...Nice people lie a lot but they are well liked and people always gravitate towards them. No one wants to hear that they look fat, ugly, that their idea is stupid or all that negative stuff that we choose to divulge in the name of honesty.

Next time you are in a spot choose to be nice and lie that the ugly dress is not so bad or that the bad hair cut is OK........

Niceness is sometimes more important than honesty. Our friends and family will definitely appreciate it........

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Reggae in Pop Culture Series...........Underneath It all (No Doubt ft. Lady Saw)

This song was pretty popular a few years ago. It was on Billboard top 40, won a Grammy and was nominated for an award at the MTV video music awards. Pretty good pop song with a reggae vibe and featuring the Queen of Dance Hall music, Lady Saw. Lady Saw was not featured in the video for the song. I think that she did not receive much public recognition for her role in making this song a hit for No Doubt and was really surprised when I came across this video of a concert they did together in Europe....

If you are not a fan of No Doubt and just wanna skip to Lady Saw, she comes on around the three minute mark.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Uplifting Reggae.......Lift Up Your Head (Everton Blender)

There are days when we just need to hear a song with a very powerful and positive message to keep us going on the sometimes rough road of life. This song speaks volumes on staying focused in life, having self confidence,living honestly and proudly and not feeding into the negativity around us.
Everton Blender is a Reggae Artist that always produces songs that help us to deal with the challenges of life.

Whatever our challenges are, it is important for us to keep the big picture in mind and not get distracted by the difficulties that life throws on us every now and then. Things work out for the best in the end most times........ And when they don't? Well we still have to keep strong and keep going to overcome the next obstacle that's waiting for us down the road.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Usain Bolt "World's Fastest Man"

So Usain Bolt has done it again and shattered the world record for the mens 100m and 200m track and feild event in Berlin. He ran the 100m race on Sunday and today four days later I found a song about him on youtube.......

I love how our reggae artists promote our athletes and how athletes influence reggae/ dancehall music and dancing. This song is by Vybes Kartel, one of the biggest dancehall artists in Jamaica right now.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Upcoming Artist Spotlight : Platinum Star

Introducing Platinum Star straight out of Queens, New York trying to do his Reggae/ Dancehall thing. Show him some love if you like the song. Check him out on myspace to hear his other songs.
If you want to be featured on my blog send me a line at

Monday, July 27, 2009

My favorite Quote

The heights by great men reached and kept, were not obtained by sudden flight. But they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Wonderful quote, this fella sure knew what he was talking about. I hope that as you read this quote, you will remember all the goals that you have set for yourself in life and keep on working on them. If we can dream we can achieve. Sometimes it just takes extra hard work and more dedication than the next person to make our dreams a reality. Keep dreaming......and remember......

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Love and Affection (Pressure)

So I read somewhere recently that the secret to keeping a woman is pretty simple.....

Basically the article stated that women need three things to stay happy in a relationship: Appreciation, Attention and Affection. Sounds simple but its true. Women need to feel apprecitated, we want to be with some one who is attentive to our wants, needs and feelings. Most importantly, we need emotional and physical closeness and affection. Pressure hits on the subject in this beautiful song.....

Ladies when you met that next guy that's struggling to figure out exactly what it is that you want him to give you. Play him this song.....
When you find the one out there that truly wants to give you love and affection, I hope you open up yourself to him and accept him as a blessing......
Those of you out there who already found that one, I hope you return the love and affection let your man know he is special to you.......

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

My Thoughts on......President Obama in Ghana

All this coverage about President Obama in Ghana had me thinking about this beautiful song by Peter Tosh.......

Beautiful song indeed. As long as you live in this world you are an African.......
I have a feeling President Obama would appreciate this song. We all need to get the message out there that despite our differences were are all one people.

I can just imagine the excitement of the people of Ghana. It is truly a wonderful thing to be a part of history as the first African country to be visited by the first Black US President.

I hope President Obama visits Jamaica sometime in the future...... I can definitely promise that Jamaica would throw a party of epic proportions to celebrate his visit. Jamaicans LOVE President Obama and they are very passionate people! You would not believe just how many reggae songs there about President Obama. I'll be sure to post a few sometime in the future......

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Life Lessons.....A friend in need is a friend to be avoided.

"A friend in need is a friend to be avoided."
-Lord Samuel

Today one of my co-workers found this quote online. When I heard the quote, my first thought was no one should avoid a friend in need. However, after thinking about this quote for a while I have to say its true........

Sometimes as friends the best thing we can do is leave our friends alone and let them learn from the greatest teacher, life itself. Your friend in need should be avoided when he/she:
  • Only calls you when they are in need. This is a big one. Light bulb! If you only get called when things are bad you are not even a friend at all.
  • Was nowhere to be found last time you were in need. If they didn't have your back last time, chances are next time time you are in need they wont be there for you either.
  • Only seems to be happy when you are not, (they tend to be the ones that always have something negative to say, are never supportive of you and seem to spend all their time bringing you down so they can feel better about themselves).
  • Refuses to see what you and everyone else sees about the current love of their live. Sometimes love really is blind and the best thing you can do is stand by and wait for the destructive relationship to self explodes.
  • Needs to borrow some cash again, just hold over until payday despite all your good advice on how to budget and spend their own money wiser.

I'm telling you this might seem harsh but there comes a time in life when some friends need to be avoided. Furthermore, if someone in your life fits more than one of the above criteria you should just get rid of them. With friendships it should always be quality over quantity. As Confucius once said:

“Have no friends not equal to yourself.”- Confucius


Please share all other instances that friends in need should be avoided. Lets share the word and help each other break bad friendships.......

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Uplifting Reggae ...... You Can Get It If You really want (Jimmy Cliff)

Lately I've been feeling very apprehensive about what the future holds for me. Basically I'm about to quit my job and pack up and move to a different state. I have no definite plans at this moment other than this will be my last summer in New York. I will definitely miss living in New York but I'm ready to experience to joys of living somewhere where its warm year round. However, the possibility of being unemployed for an extended period of time scares me to death....

I have been listening to a lot of uplifting reggae songs lately to keep my spirits high and remain optimistic. This one of my favorite uplifting reggae songs.

You Can Get It If You really want by Jimmy Cliff always makes me feel better after listening to it. It is a simple song with simple lyrics but the message is very strong.I hope everyone who listens to this song remembers it whenever they are going through a difficult time cause.......YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY "it" is for you.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Soladirty for Females Iran

All the stories of courageous Iraqi females who have been standing up for their rights and defending democracy in their country these pass few days made me think of this clip. The movie is called Persepolis and in this clip the heroine Marjane decides to come out of her depression and finally take control of her life. The song says the rest..........

We all want to be like Marjane. Strong, confident, ready to take on the world and stand up for what we believe in. My heart goes out to all the female demonstrators in Iran and all over the world who have the courage to stand up for Equal Rights and Justice.

Monday, June 15, 2009

August Town - (Duane Stephenson)

My last video post, Cottage in Negril, had me reminiscing about all the good times I had growing up in Jamaica. This had me thinking about the fact that there are two different versions of my beautiful country Jamaica. There is the beach and the tourist areas that most people see and hear about(shown in previous video)and then there are the Inner City areas. Violent crimes, gangs and poverty are a daily reality in these places.However, Jamaicans are known for our tenacity and strength and courage to overcome difficult odds. This is a beautiful song by Duane Stephenson which illustrates just that.It is a song about faith and how people can change their lives for the better.Here is a verse of the song:
A word from the Wise don't try to make life on your own
Remember that Jah Jah’s by your side,
For I was a soul who was lost And my life was in dismay,
For among evil forces in which I played yeah
Guns and ammunition were my chosen way of life,
With God's fearing people I chose to strive,
For all of the lives that are taken, they can never be replaced,
But still Jah Jah chose to remember my face

Monday, June 8, 2009

Cottage In Negril - Duane Stephenson

This song is beautiful. It reminds me of my teenage years growing up in Negril. Young and in love.....those were the sweet old days. I am a bit young to be nostalgic about the good old days but music, reggae music especially has that ability to instantly take you back to moments in your life. This one takes me back to when I felt invincible, when I saw my life as full of possibilities and when I felt that love and relationships were so simple......

Check Duane Stephenson out on youtube....... His latest album is called August own. It is one of those rare ones where every song is actually very good. One that you should definitely purchase.Album of hits!Check him out on myspace. Add Him as a friend to see when he will be performing in your area.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Reggae in Pop Culture Series......Bad Boys (Inner Circle)

I heard this song yesterday at the Reebok Grand Prix just as Tyson Gay ran that superb 200m race. Lol..... couldn't help thinking about Usain Bolt as the song played. He would have definitely beat Tyson Gay......

Anyways back to the music. Bad Boys is one of those reggae songs you probably heard before and might have not known that it was a reggae song. The song was first released in Jamaica in the 1980's and then re-released in the early 90's in the US.

Inner Circle - Bad Boys

If you like the video and want to know more about Inner Circle check out their website for more samples of their music, pictures, videos and a terrific bio about the group.

My all time favorite song from this group is a very fun, upbeat pop sounding song. every time I watch the video I just want to be partying in Jamaica Spring Break style (beautiful beach, beautiful weather, great music and some sweet rum punch). Here is the link to the video on youtube.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Number 1 (Tide Is High) by Kardinal and Keri Hilson is a Reggae Cover

So this song is very hot. Everyone loves it and the video is great.

Well it is a reggae cover. The original version, "Tide Is High" was written by John Holt and performed by The Paragons with John Holt as lead singer in 1967. This is one of those songs that perfectly illustrates the universal appeal that reggae music has on people. Its been decades since the first release and the lyrics are still relevant to us today. How many songs can we say that about? This recent cover by Kardinal is not the first for this song. It has been covered many times over the years. Chances are that you heard the 1980 cover by Blondie or the pop version by Atomic Kitten in 2002.

Well check out the original version. Couldn't find actual live footage, but I will definitely add a live video later if I find one. This song is reggae in its early years. More specifically called Rock Steady.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Buju Banton challenges Bob Marley

At his recent album release party for 'Rasta Got Soul', Buju Banton sent out this bold statement to the world. “You know they say that the greatest musician in Jamaica is Bob Marley. I don't believe that because we have greater musicians to come. Bob was the most promoted, and well promoted, and we have to appreciate that because it’s our culture. But don't kill our culture… Enough is enough.”

It seems that I along with the rest of the world disagree with Buju's statement.

Enough is apparently not enough. Everywhere I go people equate reggae music with Bob Marley. He has been dead for over twenty years and still has the top selling reggae album worldwide. His song 'One Love' was declared song of the century by the BBC and Time magazine called 'Exodus' album of the millennium.

Well established. Bob Marley is the king of reggae. As for Buju Banton, well he is a talented artist who produces tons of great music. I love his stuff. Here's one of my favourites 'Destiny'. Check him out on youtube.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Budget Busters

As one of the many twenty somethings out there stuck in the not so great job and making a less than desirable salary, I have had to buckle down and get financially savvy. I educated myself and got my personal finances in order ( paid down the credit cards/debt, started saving for a brighter future, drastically cut my spending and now live on a budget).

With the summer season fast approaching I now have the difficult task of trying to keep the budget intact without sacrificing my lifestyle. Summer is the season of great reggae concerts in New York City. I love live music and I love reggae, put those two together and what you have is a concert I can't miss. If I go to all the concerts on my list it will cost me more that $350 for the summer. Huge amount, I know...but I have no desire to cut back on what I love the most. Where to go from here?

What's your budget buster and how do you make it work? Please let me know people. Reggae in the city for me kicks off on the 26th with Gregory Isaacs at B.B Kings Blues Club.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Legal 420 anyone?

So I read this really interesting article that basically argued that the federal and state governments could make a whole lot of money if they legalized marijuana. Here is the link......

Ok so they are only talking about legalizing medical marijuana. The money the government would make would come strictly from taxes collected from businesses that sell the stuff. This got me thinking about what you people thought about marijuana.........

Personally my stance on marijuana is pretty simple. ' Legalize it'!

I'm a 'Ganja baby'. ( Ganja- Jamaican term for marijuana). I basically grew up in a culture that was very open to and accepting of weed. My grandpa was a ganja farmer and I was his little helper. I spent years of my childhood helping to plant, care for, harvesting and preparing the crop for sale.

That being said, I do not smoke pot. Never have and never will. I however think this is a personal choice that everyone is entitled to.

Marijuana is not as dangerous as we are led to believe. Its all about a balance like everything else in life. It is true that pot like so many things out there can be addicting.That however does not give cause to demonize marijuana. Cigarettes and alcohol are just as addicting if not more. I mean alcohol is perfectly legal and great in moderation but we all know how many lives are destroyed by alcohol each day (Vehicular deaths, child abuse and domestic abuse etc....). Why aren't our politicians and law makers fighting the cause for those victims more? I know all the controversy surrounding marijuana but I believe that the most of the negative consequences ( money laundering, guns etc.....) are not an effect of the marijuana itself but of it being illegal. Why not legalize it and tax the hell out of it like they do with cigarettes?

The video is Peter Tosh "legalize it". Peter Tosh is Reggae great. Please check out his music on youtube......

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Talking the talk but not walking the walk.......

So I think that I give very good advice about love, life and relationships in general. The problem seems to be that I never follow my own advice. I wish I knew the reason for this. Here’s my mini list of things I tell people all the time but struggle to live by myself……


· Go back to school and get a better degree than the one you have at the moment.
· Never procrastinate. You can never get back precious time lost.
· Don’t worry so much about all the things in life that you can’t change. Just go out there and change what you can one step at a time.
· Spend way less time calculating all the odds and take a gamble every now and then.


· To love deeply is to trust your significant other completely.
· If she/he is not into you just let it go, ladies I highly recommend you read “He Is Just Not That Into You”. It is really great book so please listen to what the authors say, they know what they are talking about.

Friendships should be more about quality than quantity. The ones that always bring the drama, whine about everything and are always broke can go.
· It is not always about who is wrong or right. No fight is worth losing a good friend over.
Pretty simple stuff……..right? Basically I talk the talk but I need to start walking the walk too. I’m trying to find out the reason why it is just so difficult to follow my own advice. Can anyone else relate to this?

This is my first blog post. Hello all you out there in cyber-world. Hope I don’t bore you all to death. Please feel free to comment on my posts……………