It’s not summer yet, but I’m jonesing for warm weather and sunshine. No music reminds me more of that than the legendary Bob Marley. Is It Love makes me feel as if I’m laying on an island with the love of my life without a care in the world. The song is ageless and I find myself listening to it every summer, or anytime I’m wishing it was.
“Until the philosophy which hold one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned… Everything is war. Me say war. That until the’re no longer 1st class and 2nd class citizens of any nation… Until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes, me say war. That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race me say war!”
One of the funnest aspects of growing up in such a diverse culture and community as the Fijian Indian one is, is the music. At nearly every wedding, party or family you were guaranteed to hear a handful of staple songs mixed in with whatever the current music was. That included Bula Malaya, a few other Fijian songs (which are still played) and UB40’s Red Red Wine at some point, most likely at the end of the night.
The blend of all these different kinds of music is something I took for granted at the time, but now I cherish it. Red Red Wine brings back so many fond memories of family parties and weddings, with aunts and uncles dancing with each other, while groups of cousins huddled in circles swaying to the music with our arms around each other.
So many fond memories tied to this song and that is one of the most beautiful parts of music.