Just my rambling thoughts about being gay and Mormon

Monday, May 7, 2012

Buffalo Soldier

Another thing I've been thinking about is how great Bob Marley was! I've come to better appreciate his music and what he was about. Bob had a deeply spiritual side to him. 

His religion was a little strange, but to each his own. He was a member of the Rastafari movement, whose culture believed that the Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia was a decedent of King Solomon and that Salassi was a God. Bob Marley became an ardent proponent of Rastafari.  

He had a passion for freedom that comes across in his music very powerfully. Today, his songs are classics. His image today is synonymous with rebellion, particularly by people who don't know much about him. But he was not rebellious just for the sake of rebellion. He urged people to look beyond their circumstances and realize they could make themselves better. To him that meant freeing your mind from the mental slavery of your culture.

Bob Marley's album, "Exodus" is a legacy to his social conscience. It was named by Time magazine as “Album of the Century,”  and his song "One Love" was designated "Song of the Millennium" by the BBC. 
Recently, Kevin MacDonald released a full length motion picture, "Marley", about the life of Bob Marley, that I've wanted to see. It is only in limited release so it's somewhat hard to find in theaters. I watched it on ITunes and I thought it was really good.

"Marley" is advertised as "the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best."

If you want to know more about the man and his music I recommend it.

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