‘Conquer the Devil with a little thing called love’ – Bob Marley
Years ago someone said to me: one of the great problems of this world is the fact that people have become less concerned about their legacy. The legacy they leave when they are no longer in a place; be it, position of power or life in general.
I have always loved Bob Marley (and no, it isn’t because I am on dreads). His songs are filled with wisdom and simple sincerity that leaves something deep with you. I remember as a child listening to my father play his songs and even at such young age, Marley sounded so wise to me. I have wanted to write this post about him for a bit and finally have got around to doing just that (Thank God).
Bob Marley, like every other human, wasn’t a man without his faults. Nevertheless, he made an impact in his own country and most importantly, in the world. He, like the Martin Luther Kings of this world stood for what is right. Above all, he stood for Love, Peace and Unity. He took his gift, his art, his music and turned it into a tool for change. That to me is imprinting ones name in the sands of time and truly living. As, a result, he lives on, even in death.
Until a few months ago, I had no idea that Bob Marley died in 1981, which was before my birth (Forgive my ignorance). I knew his songs, have even imprinted some of his quotes in my head. I knew he was dead but didn’t know he died before I was born. His songs are still sang like they were just written. That to me, is relevance; to be dead for decades and still live on through your work. To receive more awards and recognition in death than even in life, including the Peace Medal of the Third World from the United Nations, Jamaica’s third highest honour, the Jamaican Order of Merit, Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement award, Song of the century as nominated by BBC and greatest lyricists of all time by a BBC poll. Most of these and more, decades after his death, when in reality, people should have moved on.
It is sad to know that he lived for only 36 years but nevertheless, his short life was packed full with achievements and a purpose that has given him years beyond most very old people.
So hail to Bob Marley!!! Your life & works are in some of my beautiful memories!! You are truly a Legend!!!!!
I have added some of my favourite quotes by the reggae king himself.
I sincerely hope they make some meaning to you. Enjoy!