Jim welcomes Ziggy Marley to the BeachLife family
After my friends and I graduated high school and headed off to college, our musical tastes started to expand somewhat. Before, we were all about punk rock, Metallica and anything the local radio station was playing (that our girlfriends liked). I don’t know if it was discovering our new-found freedom out of our parent’s house, (or maybe I do), but many of us gravitated to Reggae music. Maybe it was the stress of suddenly being confronted with the question of “What are you going to do with your life?” when you’ve barely learned how to use a microwave…But there was something about putting on a Bob Marley album and chilling out at the beach with your friends that helped you relax and put your angst aside for the moment. Easy skankin’ felt way better than Easy stressin’ over a Psych final. This began our introduction to all kinds of great reggae acts, and soon the sounds Peter Tosh, Yellowman, Ini Kamoze, Sly and Robbie, Steele Pulse, Aswad, Third World and many others began pulsing out of every dorm room, Toyota pick up truck and boom box on the sand. The Marley family has produced a wealth of musical prodigy, and Ziggy Marley has carried that torch admirably; producing a string of great albums that compliment his legendary father’s style, while standing on his own. Seeing him perform at the Beachlife festival will be like bringing those college years right back to us.