So much has already been written about Bob Marley. Thirty six years after his death his influence still lives on all over the world.
As with many great people their time in this world can only be put in context when they are gone. The influence Bob Marley had on reggae cannot be understated and even now there is no one artist who can claim to pick up the mantle he left and take reggae to new heights.
One of my early memories of Bob Marley, which really sealed his greatness in my eyes, was seeing Bob Marley on the main news bulletin. Back then, a black man with dreadlocks on the news was less frequent than a lunar eclipse. Anyway, the main impact he left on me was the power of music. He proved that music really can change things, it is some thing that can bring the most diverse personalities together. It can be a banner to focus the mind as we saw in the UK with the 'BandAid' concerts. This is something that is always at the back of my mind when I am songwriting. The song isn't just words it is creative energy that can grow and lead to change on a personal level or any other level.
Thank you Bob Marley for the enlightenment, you live on in the songs of peace, love and reggae.
I've spoken about this before but reggae allows for expression of topics that are not easily found in other genres. 'Conscious Lyrics' sit comfortably with the music. Reggae was born out of struggle and the voice of the people. There is a feeling that reggae is becoming more popular because it allows this expression and has the 'Conscious' messages that people want to hear. These can be found in reggae music past and present. This is one reason why reggae greats like #BobMarley and #PeterTosh are as popular as ever..it is their message.
In a world, where in many places, the word #respect seems to have little value, or it is only applied according to specific rules, people are looking for something a bit deeper in their music. Respect has always been a big word in reggae and a fundamental principle for peace. That is why you hear it in the lyrics of many reggae songs.
Respect, it is only one word but can solve a thousand problems.
The next single has just been mixed and mastered. The thing about mastering is you sometimes hear things you couldn't hear before. So this meant some re-edits and in some cases re-recording. The trouble with this scenario is you can end up in a vicious circle of never ending improvement. The focus needs to be on who is this improvement for, me or my followers. At the end of the day the goal is to publish songs, get the music out there.
So the New Single 'When I Need a Remedy' will be released 18th April. Another creation unleashed.
Its all about the music!
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Working on the next single called 'When I need a remedy'. Should be out in two or three weeks. Just having one more adjustment to the track. Then need to work on the video which will probably be a music visualization video. More info in my next post
Dub Mix One on iTunes
The EP 'Dub Mix One' is now available on all major digital stores with dub versions of the Miss Tun Pickney singles. So if you like dub have a listen.
#Dub is one of the great reggae inventions believed to be created by legendary Jamaican innovator 'King Tubbys'. With the early reggae singles it was common not to have a 'B side'. Instead, there would be a 'Version', which, was basically an instrumental version of the vocal A side. Dub took these instrumentals to a new level using whatever effects were available at the time mainly reverb and decay or 'Echo', with the drum and bass centre stage.
Dub become a reggae sub-genre in its own right with albums of Dub only tracks created by sound engineers and producers, like the legendary Lee Perry.
This creation of mainly instrumental music by sound engineers and producers spawned many similar genres that exist today.
Innocent Review by Indie Band Guru #indiebandguru
One of the toughest things about being an Indie Artist is trying to stand out from the crowd. One way is to find your own style and sound.
I draw inspiration from my musical influencers and the things that I like to hear in songs. As a musican you can then add 'yourself' to the song. What I mean is, for example, you could give 10 guitarists the same guitar and you would hear 10 personalities being portrayed when they play the guitar. This personality is what needs to be added to the musical ideas to finally end up with your own sound. It doesn't have to be a dramatic difference to be recognized, it could just be a matter of emphasis.
If you follow my blog you know my genre is #reggae but there are always things I like in great songs from other genres, the things that make you remember the song. My biggest influences were Bob Marley and Sly & Robbie. The pioneering rhythm section, that Sly & Robbie were, is something that always stayed with me and during my days with 'The Instigators' had a strong influence on our songs. Bob Marley, on the hand, was a supreme storyteller and the power that good lyrics have to transform a song is understood by all music fans.
However, it takes courage and belief to put your personality into your music rather than make it sound like someone elses. Especially, if you are looking to make a living from making music. But. nothing beats the feeling when others appreciate your musical works, that is a flame that can keep fires of self belief burning for a long while.
So I am going to keep trying out ideas and try to expand the reggae genre in my own way. If your music doesn't contain any of you, then, it's somebody else's music (sounds like an idea for a song..hmm?)
You can hear my productions on my website the home of Miss Tun Pickney.
Innocent Review by Indie Band Guru
February is #ReggaeMonth in Jamaica. This is a recognition of the importance of reggae to #Jamaica socially, musically and economically. It is being celebrated across the island and is supported by artists and the government alike. Check out the twitter handle @reggaemonth and the hashtag #reggaemonth
Jamaica is the home of reggae so, it is right that it is celebrated. Though the music still struggles to get the recognition it deserves, there are now other 'centres' of growth and expansion of #reggaemusic like the USA, Europe and even Japan. Where new artists from differing backgrounds are expanding the boundaries of reggae and building large followings.
Reggae month, therefore, is a good way for Jamaica to advertise that Jamaica is where it all began. That is something that will never change and cannot be taken away.
In the UK, the reggae market seems to have shrunk compared to mainland Europe where, you will find many international reggae music festivals like #Rototom Sunsplash #ReggaeJam and #Garance Festival. So, maybe the the UK reggae industry could put its weight behind a reggae month in the UK (maybe #reggaemonthUK) to re-energize the reggae scene and may give the music the critical mass, focus and exposure it needs.
We see for a few days in August each year how the Notting Hill Carnival gets a lot of exposure and is now recognized the world over. A countrywide celebration of Reggae annually could achieve the same thing. We have the tools to make this happen WE JUST NEED THE WILL!
Anyone for #reggaemonthUK
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With the advent of digital music and the popularity of downloads, it seemed that vinyl 45s would be relegated to museums but, they seem to be making a comeback. That got me thinking and I started looking at the reggae scene.
In the UK scene some of the bands from the golden age of vinyl are still going Misty in Roots, Aswad. Others are making a comeback like Black Slate.
There was a lot of underlying tension in the community back then but, with ideals and causes like #RockAgainstRacism holding rallies and festivals where reggae artists often had the opportunity to be billed. The music also reflected this 'reality' and this 'crossed over' because the issues could be related to by many parts of the community, not just the black community. Because of this, some of the best reggae music was written and produced. I believe this period was reggae's heyday.
Looking at the world at the moment, we are in a period of uncertainty and although the sub genres of reggae like lovers rock and dancehall are popular, there is definitely a rise in the popularity of Roots and Culture, Reality and Conscious reggae.Whether out of Jamaica like #RagingFyah #Jah9 or the USA with #Rebelution, there seems to be a return to music with a cause.
Reggae music was born from the need for people to have a voice and it is still a vehicle for the people to be heard.
So like the vinyl 45, newer doesn't always mean better.
The #newrelease 'Innocent' by #MissTun Pickney will be available on all major digital stores the 3rd February but can be heard now on internet radio.If you sign-up on the website you can get a #FREEdownload of the track and also hear a sample on the home page .
It was difficult thinking of a theme for the cover art. How to reflect what the song is about in one image. Innocence, as far as I was concerned, was a birth right of all people and I wanted to try and reflect this in the video and the cover art. So, I threw this over to my graphic designer to come up with some ideas, one of which, was a face, but whose face? Then, the idea of a face that was a collage of other faces came to mind.
A few options were put forward and I settled on the one you see in the cover art. I wanted to try and convey a couple of ideas, is this the face of innocence and " I am innocent!". I don't know if this worked, I'll let you decide. But, I hope you find the image interesting, let me know what you think.
The new single by Miss Tun Pickney will soon be released entitled 'Innocent' . The idea for the song is that innocence is not defined by the #innocent.
You see it everywhere as there are so many mediums to voice opinions, which, for the concept of free speech is a great thing. However, this means that no matter your personal view of your innocence, it is really in the control of others, whether justified or not.
So, in the song I try to define what #innocent means to me but, I hope you will listen to it and maybe you will agree or disagree. The main thing is, I hope it strikes a chord (excuse the pun) with you in some way.
This is why I love creating music because there have been so many songs that really have made an impact on me. Let me know what you think, comments are often great triggers for a new song idea as well as great feedback. The video link is here
Dingazz Music the home of Miss Tun Pickney