Music Week (Day 2)

November 21, 2010 § 1 Comment

I’m sure I’d heard it before, and I’ve definitely heard it many many times afterwards during all sorts of emotional situations, but the first time the song had real meaning to me was about 10 years ago. I’d gone for a concert, Beats of the Season I think it was called, and the international performing artiste was Awilo Longomba. And this guy had an entourage of like 40 people (probably an exaggeration, but it WAS a decade ago so sue me) who all seemed to be related to him in some strange remote way. Anyway, so there we are, in the dark (my memory insists it was midnight, my brain says it must have just been about 7pm) in the middle of an enormous scary crowd (i was 9, and these concerts attracted a crowd of older, drinking, potentially-stoned people, okay?) and this song starts playing. And we’re walking along just listening to it and generally feeling frightened when I saw this couple. It was one of Awilo’s nephews/uncles/cousins and I’d seen him on stage at some point. He was scruffy-looking, dreads all the way down his back to his ass. He was with his wife/girlfriend/baby mama/one-night-stand and she was standing with her back to him, but they weren’t getting all down and durrty grinding, they were just, I dunno…moving together as one. And singing to each other. I’ve never quite been able to describe it properly, but you know when people are so in love it’s like the very air around them becomes charged and static? When nothing they do can be a lewd act, everything is pure and beautiful and right?

Anyone who is in love is making love the whole time, even when they’re not. When two bodies meet, it is just the cup overflowing. They can stay together for hours, even days. They begin the dance one day and finish it the next, or – such is the pleasure they experience – they may never finish it.Paulo Coelho wrote that in Eleven Minutes. And that’s exactly what I mean. As they were standing there in the dark, dirty and tired, just enjoying each other and the moment, it was like they were making love continually. Hell, even when I remember that night, I see the two of them with a spotlight shining on them, and everything around them just a hazy, fuzzy, unimportant reality. And I felt so privileged to be able to somehow share in that moment. And so today, one of my all-time favourite songs, from two of my all-time favourite artists. A song that heralded the birth of me as a complete and utter romantic:



Bob Marley & Lauryn Hill

Turn your lights down low

And pull your window curtain

Oh, let Jah moon come shining in

Into our life again

Saying, ooh, it’s been a long, long time

I kept this message for you, girl

But it seems I was never on time

Still I wanna get through to you, girlie

On time, on time…

Turn your lights down low

Never never try to resist, oh no

Oh, let your love come shining in

Into our lives again

Saying, ooh, I love you

And I want you to know right now

Ooh, I love you

And I want you to know right now

That I, that I…

I want to give you some love

I want to give you some good, good loving

Oh I, oh I, oh I

I want to give you some good, good loving

Loving you is like a song I replay

Every three minutes and thirty seconds of every day

And every chorus was written for us to recite

Every beautiful melody of devotion every night

This potion might, this ocean might carry me

In a wave of emotion to ask you to marry me

And every word, every second, and every third

Expresses the happiness more clearly than ever heard

And when I play ’em, every chord is a poem

Telling the Lord how grateful I am because I know him

The harmonies possess a sensation similar to your caress

If you’re asking, then i’m telling you it’s ‘yes’

Stand in love, take my hand and love

Jah bless


‘Turn Your Lights Down Low’ by Bob Marley and Lauryn Hill

Bob Marley live in concert in Zurich, Switzerl...

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