Friday, August 03, 2007

i dub you

We had the great fortune of seeing Lee "Scratch" Perry this week. I am a new fan, J is one of the oldest. Lee is a righteous old dude, also reputed to be a crazy old dude, the man who created dub and sparked a generation of music including Air, Massive Attack and Zero 7 which are three of my favorite modern dub bands. The crowd was intimate, maybe a hundred people or so and everyone was mellow and raucous and smoking out in their seats. Lee came out rocking, singing songs about rainbows and ganja and pussy(cats) and his love for all three. Peace is an experiment and I love me some rainbows. Lee is the man.

The house was rocking. His legend preceded him and adoring crowds danced in the aisles. The dude is old yet wickedly spry, prancing his reggae self around resplendent in gold from his shiny hat to his shimmering shoes. I couldn't take my eyes off him.

I love nights like this when the air is warm and the crowd is happy. Good music and a few beers remind me of my youth when babysitters weren't on the clock and I could stay up as late as I want. Lee reminded me of all of that, freedom and free love, peace and children of the mountains.

I am a god man, I am a mad man, I am a rad man. Yes, old man, you certainly are.

31 comments:

thailandchani said...

The name is familiar for some reason. I don't know his music. It sounds interesting.


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Ch

mitzh said...

I love Zero 7..
I always listen to Destiny when I'm sad..

Weekend is just around the corner, hope you and your family will have a good one! Be safe..

kristen said...

M loves Lee Scratch Perry said he's never seen him - now he's going downstairs to see if he's touring the East coast too. And now as I'm writing this, he is putting one of his CD's on the computer so I can hear a song.

Sounds like a fantastic time honey.

Lawyer Mama said...

That sounds like a fantastic evening. I miss nights like that!

kgirl said...

I'm a huge old-school/dub fan as well, but here the scene is mainly jungle. You gotta be somewhere like San Fran to see the legends, lucky gal.

mamatulip said...

Hi, Jen. It's me, mamatulip, green with envy. You lucky duck. Sounds like it was fantastic. :)

Susanne said...

I'm glad you had such a nice evening. Dub? Well, I know it exists and I actually own a Massive Attack-CD. Does that count?

Beck said...

And meanwhile, I watched So You Think You Can Dance and ate crackers..... so bitter.

Julie Pippert said...

How fun!

It is so awesome, so liberating, so revitalizing to get out and have nights like that, isn't it.

Like Beck, I stayed home and watched SYTYCD. But no crackers. I'd already hit (and probably exceeded, I quit counting at some point) my point limit for the day.

Julie
Ravin' Picture Maven

slouching mom said...

Ooh, like mama tulip, I'm jealous too.

Mimi said...

Huh. I listen to Air and Massive Attack and have somehow never heard of Zero 7? To the Interweb!

Scribbit said...

How could I not know this guy? I'll have to look him up and see what's making you rave.

David Bowie I know though (previous post)

Christine said...

i did exactly what beck and julie did, but i ate popcorn instead.

the night sounded magical. i so miss going to concerts. real, grown up concerts.

sigh.

KC said...

What a magical music night. I have such uncouth and unimaginative taste in music. I've listened to Massive Attack and thought- what the hell? It's a gene defect, I tell you.

jen said...

Mimi - Zero 7 When It Falls. I promise you won't be sorry.

flutter said...

oooooo Massive Attack is one of my all time favorites

Blog Antagonist said...

I'm not familiar with the artist, but your evening sounds lovely. I don't think we give ourselves enough moments like that to sustain ourselves through the parenting challenges and pitfalls. Good for you for being nice to yourself.

cinnamon gurl said...

Ooh, I am SO jealous. Sugar D introduced me to Lee Scratch Perry and dub in general... sounds wonderful!

QT said...

I am a dub fan in general, but I am one of those dopes that never remembers anyone's name - just song titles and album covers.

Your night sounds great. I meant to ask - has J missed his dreads at all after he cut them off?

Kyla said...

Dude. Rock on. Nights of freedom. I think it is a necessity, at least once in a while.

BOSSY said...

Bossy loves Zero 7 and other bands you mentioned but now she's too distracted at the fact that you go out while she sits at home watching Flipping Out on Bravo.

meno said...

You ever listen to Tricky? He's from Massive Attack.

Aliki2006 said...

Sadly, I don't know the artist either, but I can appreciate how magical the evening was!

Heather said...

I looooovve me some dub! Nah Nah Nah Niiiiice!

Yep, the thing is, I've been able to deal with so many curve balls as a special needs parent, but the loss of the ability to stay out late and enjoy great live music is still so hard for me to swallow. Good for you!

Def check out Tricky, it's great stuff.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a perfect night. I too am not familiar with this artist, but your admiration has peaked my interest!

Momish said...

Oops, that was me. Trying to type in the dark. IT's not exactly working very well ;)

Momish said...

Oops, that was me. Trying to type in the dark. IT's not exactly working very well ;)

Jenn said...

You're always sending me to new places.

Just one of the reasons I love ya.

Redneck Mommy said...

But think of how much better it would have been if I were there....

The stars, the music, the mojitos...

Magic, darling. Pure magic.

liv said...

Oh.....zero 7. love that stuff, and although I'm secretly certain that my yoga students are tired of it, I just keep playing and playing....as long as we're sharing favorites, I'll go with "Distractions"

bgirl said...

i completely relate. spent years following the dead and now i'm thrilled if i get see a musician live. really stirs something in the soul no doubt. you said it spot on --"freedom and free love, peace and children of the mountains."