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Saturday Top 5: Bob Marley

Though Bob Marley’s reliance on a misguided religion ended up costing his own life, he did have some very big ideas and he also seemed to have a big heart.  He was responsible for bringing Jamaica’s music to the world, and his influence on so many pop and rock groups are so understated.  He also followed the Biblical command to “be fruitful and multiply” considering that he had a minimum of 13 known children (he claimed one of the girls as his own daughter though he was not the biological father).  These are my favorite Bob Marley songs for their musical and aesthetic value.

Honorable Mention:

I Shot the Sheriff – Clapton did a great remake of this song which was just as good as the original version, IMO.  But this was a cool tune.

#5. Three Little Birds – This great song was featured in the movie “I Am Legend“, which was perfect because it is a song of hope in the middle of a bleak end of world scenario.  I am sure part of the reason for the song was that Three Little Birds was included in a posthumous greatest hits album “Legend“.

#4. Turn Your Lights Down Low – It was remade into a hit single by Lauryn Hill (probably her biggest hit) with Bob Marley’s vocals from the original on it.  I love the original best.  It definitely has an Eric Clapton feel to it, and it was not really a reggae song, but more of a pop/rock song.

#3. One Love – This has to be the most recognizable and popular song Bob Marley wrote and performed, thanks now in part to the Jamaica tourism commercials.  I love the message of peace and unity and salvation in this song.

#2. No Woman, No Cry – I know the grammar is not correct, but that’s not so bad because the tune is so good.  A couple of the things I really like about this song is the Hammond B-3 which underlies the song from start to finish, and the choral sound of the audience and back up vocals singing along.

#1. Iron, Lion, Zion – Released over 10 years after his death, 18 years after it was recorded, this song is just cool.  I like the driving rhythm and the emotional aspect of the melody and chord progression.

OK, so here is the part where you tell me that I’m right and I say thanks, or you say I should have included all these other songs, and then comes the part where I tell you that you are wrong.

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Chinese Thought Roll

-The Chinese are really cleaning up this Olympics in gold medals. As of this morning, they had the most at 45 compared to 27 for 2nd place USA.

-Of the 45 gold medals for China, 17 were from events that are purely subjective in judging (between diving and gymnastics). Only 1 came from a race (a female swimmer won the 200 meter butterfly). The overwhelming majority of the rest of the gold medals came from sports like Judo, Ping Pong, and Badmitten. The Chinese have no track and field golds, but their women have done quite well in weight lifting.

-Of the 27 US gold medals, only 2 were for purely subjective events (both Johnson and Liukin won golds in gymnastics), one other bogus sport win (equestrian), and the majority of golds come from races in swimming and track and field.

-The Bolt struck again yesterday, this time in a way that was mind blowing. Bolt shattered the field in the 200 meter sprint becoming the 1st since Carl Lewis in 84 to double in the 100 and 200. What’s more, he broke the world record set by America’s Michael Johnson in 96, a record that many people said would never be broken. He won the race by over half a second, unheard of in the 200 meter sprint, and he did it against a slight head wind. Between Phelps and Usain Bolt, this has been an unbelievable Olypiad.

-The USA is rolling in basketball, looking almost untouchable. Because of the tournament format, however, it only takes one slip up to make this “redeem team” a nightmare. The good thing about the USA’s basketball team and dominance in this year’s Olympics is the class and style with which they are winning. No more showboating swagger for us. We have been humbled by FIBA. It’s not the same as the game we play here in the US.

-On the political front, Obama is suffering the consequences of his overly measured and wishy washy answers at the Saddleback forum hosted by Rick Warren. Obama has gone from a lead of 7 points in July to a 5 point deficit now. McCain’s from-the-heart straight talk answers scored in a big way with America.

-Just to be clear, national polls are not as significant as the battleground polls which measure the most likely voters in the states that will decide the election. As of now, McCain has a growing electoral advantage, and things are not looking good for Obama. Good news for the US is bad news for the Democrats.

-If you haven’t seen the movie “The Great Debaters”, go out and rent it or buy it. What an amazing true story of hard work, dedication, and inspiration.

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