HU300 – 19
A Beautiful Aged Fine Wine Ha! Music…the life string for some people, music is storytelling. It can be a story of great happiness, or a sad tale, it can make you laugh, and it can make you cry. Music is the window to the soul of some, with music their beauty shines, they ooze sex appeal. Music is electrifying, energetic, powerful, and excited. It can send shivers through people’s body and restore one’s faith.
Childhood, a great time for kids; when I look back at my childhood in Jamaica; I remember my mother. My mother at that time was a single parent of five children (don’t get me wrong my father supported me and my brother financially, but that was the only support my mother had), my other three siblings father was never around to help her financially or emotionally. She was the one who did the cooking, going to work, paying the bills, and buying clothes, taking us to doctor appointments, and some of the cleaning (the cleaning was the only thing we could help her with). While watching my mother being a superwoman, I realize that there was something else that kept her going, something that associated with my childhood; and that was music. But not just any music, one song in particular; and that song is called “No Woman no Cry” sung by Bob Marley (1945-1981). That song was her anthem; it made her happy whenever she listened to it. One day I asked her why do you always listen to just this song, she turn to me and say, because this song comes with two quotes from Bob Marley at the end that helps your mommy to stay happy. When I asked her what the quotes say…she said one is about “life” that say “life is one big road with lots of signs; so when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy; don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake up and live”. And the other quote is about “You”, it said “you just can’t live that negative way. You know what I mean? Make way of the positive day” (Bob Marley 1945-1981). But for me; this music that is associated with my childhood, made me felt happy, why? It was my mother window to continue to live and be happy. This song; whenever I miss my mother, it reminds me of her. This song to me remind me of how my mother smelled, like love and rum cake, the pure kind of love, like sitting at the Sunday table outside surrounded by trees and flowers, like cool breeze blowing through a field of wild flowers. Becoming an adult and working. When I trace my adult life and remember the choices that I made, I realize that I work just to support my family; financially and emotionally just like my mother did for me and my other siblings.
Oh my god! 1995; sitting in the moving van waiting for my brother to come drive us to our new apartment. I was listening to the radio, when a song came on that just took me by surprise, my adolescence heart just stopped; that song was called “Dear Mama” sung by Tupac Shakur (1971-1996). I love this song; for my whole adolescence years this was the song that I listen to, it reminds me so much of my mother and how she struggles to raise me and my other siblings. “Dear Mama” is a song that he use to thank his mother for raising him and his sister, a song that tells about her struggles to raise them, and how much he love and appreciate his mother. I once read a quote Tupac Shakur (1971-1996) wrote before he died, he said “A woman brought you into this world, so you have no right to disrespect one”. I find that quote to be so true, because to me mothers are angle who is put on this earth by god, to care for us and guide us. You can feel their love and gentleness as they stand beside us. They do great things for use each day of our lives, when we are afraid they are there, they make us smile, and they treat us with respect and love. To me god has blessed me with an angle, I am proud to call her mother. No this song was never for me…