Bob Marley

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Bob Marley

Bob Marley was at heart a transcendentalist, or at least he held those beliefs:
"By way of thanking the people of Jamaica, Marley decided on a free concert, to be held at Kingston's National Heroes Park
on December 5, 1976. The idea was to emphasise the need for peace in the slums of the city, where warring factions had brought turmoil and murder.
Just after the concert was announced, the government called an election for December 20. The campaign was a signal for renewed ghetto war and, on the eve of the concert, gunmen broke into Marley's house and shot him.
In the confusion the would-be assassins only wounded Marley, who was hastily taken to a safe haven in the hills surrounding Kingston. For a day he deliberated playing the concert and then, on December 5, he came on stage and played a brief set in defiance of the gunmen." (bobmarley.com)
This man had many good songs, and when he sang he changed the world. His deeply held beliefs of Rastafarian ism were at his core and they were reflected in his songs. This man was truly great and as the passage explained would let nothing get in his way of singing, not even the violence of others. When I read this passage about Bob Marley I was inspired, I can only imagine what the people there had felt. He believed, as evidenced by the passage, that violence would get no one anywhere. He felt in the worshiping of nature ( yes he did smoke pot ), and he was a very optimistic person as his song 'Three Little Birds' portrays, and believed in the inspiration of optimism in others.





"Three Little Birds"/ Bob Marley


"Don't worry about a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Singin': "Don't worry about a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right!"

Rise up this mornin',
Smiled with the risin' sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin' sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin', ("This is my message to you-ou-ou:")

Singin': "Don't worry 'bout a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right."
Singin': "Don't worry (don't worry) 'bout a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right!"

Rise up this mornin',
Smiled with the risin' sun,

Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin' sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin', "This is my message to you-ou-ou:"

Singin': "Don't worry about a thing, worry about a thing, oh!
Every little thing gonna be all right. Don't worry!"
Singin': "Don't worry about a thing" - I won't worry!
"'Cause every little thing gonna be all right."

Singin': "Don't worry about a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right" - I won't worry!
Singin': "Don't worry about a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right."
Singin': "Don't worry about a thing, oh no!
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right!





To me this song is about self-reliance and nonconformity, both of which were beliefs of Bob Marley's. This song to me was uplifting it also made me think about the things the song was talking about. For once all you have to do is not worry, a very nonconformist thought, because in today's society everyone worries and it's expected. This really fit with what Emaerson said:
Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” This to me stresses Emerson's point, to not worry or don't bother. He just said it in so many words.





Bodies Upon the Gears Speech

"There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart that you can't take part! You can't even passively take part! And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus -- and you've got to make it stop! And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it -- that unless you're free the machine will be prevented from working at all!" Sproul Hall Steps, December 2, 1964
There was more to this speech but this was considered the most important and the best part of it.

Mario Savio
Mario Savio

Mario Savio

Mario Savio was a prominent leader of the Free Speech Movement and this speech was very influential. He made this speech in protest of the arrest of a former student at Berkeley. He stood upon the steps at Sproul Hall and charismatically gave the speech. It reflects ideals of both Thoreau and Emerson. Savio felt that the government had to much control and needed to relinquish some of that control. Many people at the time just went along with what the government said, but Savio and a large group of others in the Free Speech Movement felt that they could make a difference. They didn't conform with others and led their group. I feel that he had taken inspiration from both Emerson and Thoreau's ideals when he gave his speech. I particularly think he drew inspiration from Thoreau's 'On Civil Disobedience'. As quoted:
"I heartily accept the motto, "That government is best which governs least"; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe--"That government is best which governs not at all"; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which the will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient.---This American government--what is it but a tradition, though a recent one, endeavoring to transmit itself unimpaired to posterity, but each instant losing some of its integrity? It has not the vitality and force of a single living man; for a single man can bend it to his will. It is a sort of wooden gun to the people themselves. But it is not the less necessary for this; for the people must have some complicated machinery or other, and hear its din, to satisfy that idea of government which they have. Governments show thus how successfully men can be imposed upon, even impose on themselves, for their own advantage." excerpts from Thoreau's 'On Civil Disobedience'

"I am not a political person. My involvement in the Free Speech Movement is religious and moral.... I don't know what made me get up and give that first speech. I only know I had to. What was it Kierkegaard said about free acts? They're the ones that, looking back, you realize you couldn't help doing.'" as said by Mario Savio, describing himself.





"New Low"/ Middle Class Rut

I have no space
No room to move around
And this box is getting smaller
I'm trying to get out

How did I get so far
From where I was
When did I decide
To lose my way
Who have I become

I've got a new low
All 52 cards in a row
I see now that I won't let go
No I won't let go

Well who am I?
A cold shoulder left to cry
You feel bad, well so do I
Yeah so do I

I've been right; I've been left
I've been wrong; I've been left behind
I've been up, but mostly down

I've been right; I've been left
I've been wrong; I've been left behind
I've been up, but mostly down

I can not help feeling like
I have so much at steak
So I lock myself inside my head
And I just run in place

So many directions
I don't know which way to go
I'm so busy doing nothing
I got nothing to show

I've got a new low
All 52 cards in a row
I see now that I won't let go
No I won't let go

Well who am I?
A cold shoulder used to cry
You feel bad, well so do I
Yeah so do I

I've been right; I've been left
I've been wrong; I've been left behind
I've been up but mostly down

I've been right; I've been left
I've been wrong; I've been left behind
I've been up but mostly down

I make mistakes
Just like everybody else
But instead of letting go of it
I can't forgive myself

Well I did my time
In the window-less box
Like it or not
All I got now is today
Tomorrow ain't here
And yesterday is gone dead on me anyway

I've been right; I've been left
I've been wrong; I've been left behind
I've been up, but mostly down

I've been right; I've been left
I've been wrong; I've been left behind
I've been up, but mostly down

I've been right; I've been left
I've been wrong; I've been left behind
I've been up, but mostly down

I've been right; I've been left
I've been wrong; I've been left behind
I've been up, but mostly down

This song is by Middle Class Rut, and I feel that it is describing how a person is going through a rough time ( kind of ) and that they're saying they won't give up and they won't give in. And this is for a lot of things. Maybe they won't give in to the wants of others,maybe the wants of society. But I think it gives a good message of transcendentalism. Of both Thoreau's and Emerson. Particularly when Emerson stresses self-reliance and says:
"There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till."





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