Tick Tock Tuesday (22 October 2019) – Bob Marley

I thought I’d create a new challenge. It is a challenge primarily for me, because I’m new to this platform, and because you don’t really know me yet, nor I you. As my name suggests, I am recovering from a stroke, and I like to push myself in all kinds of little ways… including getting to know the Wonderful World of WordPress. Although this is something I will be doing, I invite you, if this idea takes your fancy, to play along with me and share with me some of your own selections.

My plan is: each Tuesday, until I run dry, I shall post some piece of art with which I have some connection – which has helped to mould me, which makes me tick. Okay, a piece of art is a bit vague – it might be a piece of music, a movie, a book, a painting, or ???? – so my phrasiology is deliberate. It might be anything – I will play this post by ear, so I’m not sure what I’ll think of each week. And, I’ll keep posting on the theme weekly until I run out of ideas.

My rules? Well, I’m not big on rules! My choice will be something with which I feel a connection. That’ll be the important thing, just having some kind of fleeting affection for something probably won’t be enough, unless I’m using my choice as an example of something bigger.

It will be one choice per week – I’m aware that long posts can be quite onerous to read, and I’m in no hurry to complete this so if I have two ideas, I’ll probably hold the second until the next week.

In that same vein, I’ve created this block as a Reusable Block, which I intend repeating for every post on this theme. The block ends with a full-width separator, so if you want to skip ahead each week it doesn’t really matter.

I probably won’t post any lyrics, or any kind of analysis – if you like my choice, the information will be out there for you. But I will try to briefly explain why I feel a connection to my choice, just to try and enhance readers’ understanding of what makes me tick.

I will tag my posts TTT and I will go looking for other posts with that tag. If you’d like to join in, please do the same, or comment, or pingback to this post, and feel free to reproduce my graphic. Lastly, I look forward to reading about what makes you tick.

Onward Christian sildiers,

Marching, as to war, …

Sabine Baring-Gould

Soldiers? War? Don’t those words seem pretty aggressive, for a religion which is supposedly based on love and tolerance?

My choice this week is Bob Marley. If I had to choose one person, above all others as an inspiration (please, don’t make me choose!) it would be Bob. Bob was extremely religious and followed the faith of Rastafari. In Jamaica then as now, this religion had a smaller following, and was generally frowned upon by the mostly-Christian population. Of course, he is known largely for his upbeat songs, like Three Little Birds, but his work is littered with religious references, Jah [Jehovah], Zion, Babylon…

For me, I started listening to Marley when I left home to start at university. Late teens, I was very receptive to new ideas at that time, and I soon had lots of Marley’s material. Furthermore, the experience opened my eyes to other bands, one of which I will feature next week – I have some head- scratching to do!

This song is one of Bob’s overtly religious songs and is taken from his last album, Confrontation, released shortly before his death. The album is still easily available – not least on YouTube – and in my opinion the whole thing it is worth a listen. I present this single “taster” track, one of my favourites.