Redemption Song - Happy Birthday and Thank You to Bob Marley

      In my opinion, Redemption Song is the best track scripted in the history of music. See, I don't have a favorite emcee, or group, or band...I have Bob. In my household I grew up with posters of Bob on the wall and his rebellious triumphant melodies wafting threw our home thanks to my father Gene Hohwald. I remember being a teenager and finding out the Bob woke up everyday, smoked a huge spliff, worked out, and then made music/art to change the world. I also remember telling my Dad that that's what I wanted to be when I grew up. Little did I know at the time, the irony of that statement...

      As I've grown older in life Bob's approach to music has been and still is one of the main driving influences in my art. See, Bob was obsessed with breaking into the mainstream as to push forward his revolutionary ideas. He understood that he needed mass media to permanently and forever leave a lasting mark on our world. He never compromised his roots or vision in his pursuit, yet knew that he must use the system in his favor to successfully manifest his dream.

      I've also always felt very close to Bob being a "Weed" musician, because Bob wasn't pigeon holed by the fact that he smoked and stood for the sacred herb. He made a song here and there about it, it was well know to be a huge part of his life and a constant subject in interviews, but it didn't define him. HIS MESSAGE DID!!! and WEED WAS ONLY PART OF THAT MESSAGE!!! His overall message was love, unity and overcoming the oppressive systems that separate us and hold us down. And I feel the EXACT same way. I want to be a musician who stands for the plant, but isn't defined by it. I want my positivity, heart and good music to be what connects with the mainstream world... and guess what Bob? I've done it!!! I've touched the world just like you taught me.

      So more than Happy Birthday, I wanted to say THANK YOU. I've never publicly stated how big a role you've played in my life as a person and artist and I'm proud to be one of the torch bearers of your light. I promise to keep working hard to make sure it shines as bright as it can.

      One Love Brother Bob...

      We are Rising, We Are ONE!!!


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