To my beloved mother, Jeannette and my sister, Stacey. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mother’s, Mom’s, Mommies & Mamas.
Harvested tracks out of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive celebrating motherhood.
By tradition, I will always begin each show with this beautiful country ballad about a youth who does chores, babysits and gets good grades. Youthman tallies up his bill and presents it to mom for reimbursement.
Mom, takes a look and this is what she says:
No Charge by Tammy Wynette, Reggae version by Sonya Spence
Now our little boy came up to his mom In the kitchen this evenin’ while she was fixin’ supper And he handed her a piece of paper he’d been writin’ on And after wipin’ her hands on her apronn
She read it, and this is what it said. For mowin’ the lawn, five dollars For makin’ my own bed this week, one dollar And for goin’ to the store, fifty cents An’ playin’ with little brother while you went shoppin’, twenty-five cents. Takin’ out the trash, one dollar Gettin’ a good report card, five dollars And for rakin’ the yard, two dollars Total owed, fourteen seventy-five. Well, as mom looked at him standin’ there expectantly And I could see the mem’ries flashing through her mind And so she picked up the pen, and turnin’ the paper over This is what she wrote. For the nine months I carried you growin’ inside me, no charge For the nights I’ve sat up with you Doctored you, and prayed for you, no charge For the time and the tears That you’ve cost through the years, there’s no charge And when you add it all up The full cost of my love is no charge. For the nights filled with dread And all the worries ahead, no charge For advice and the knowledge And the cost of your college, no charge For the toys, food and clothes and even for wipin’ your nose There’s no charge, son And when you add it all up The full cost of my love is, no charge. Well, when he finished readin’ He had great big old tears in his eyes And he looked up at her standing there and said Mama, I sure do love you Then he took the pen, And in great big letters He wrote paid in full. Lord knows when you add it all up The cost of real love is, no charge…
Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: May 12, 2018 – 3 Hours Mother’s Day; 38 sec.
Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion; Paul Simon (Warner Bros.) ’72
<Paul Simon at Dynamic Studios: Kingston JA; 23 sec.>
Mother Earth – The Quiet Storm; A Breath of Fresh Air (Ariwa) ’84 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
Sonya Spence – No Charge; In the Dark (Skynote) ’78 Tammy Wynette mother’s day
Mighty Diamonds – Hey Mommy; Speak the Truth (RAS) ’94
Burning Spear – Mother; Man in the Hills (mango) ’76 US vinyl
Daweh Congo – Mother Arose; Human Rights & Justice (Roots & Culture) 2004
Desmond Dekker – Honor Your Father & Mother; Israelites: Best of (Trojan) ’63
Jimmy Cliff – Dear Mother; Follow My Mind (MCA) ’75
Peter Roots – Poor Mama; 7″ (Belleville International) 2002 Fr.
Black Roots – Childless Mother; All Day, All Night (Nubian) ’87 UK
Papa Levi – Baby Mother; 12″ (Jah Records)) ’86 UK picture sleeve
Nicky Thomas – Mama’s Song; Love of the Common People (Trojan) ’70
Heptones – Mama Say; Night Food (Mango) ’76 US vinyl
Jah Messengers – Mama Mama; Reggae Time (Heartbeat) ’93
Lloyd Charmers & the Hippy Boys – Mama Look Deh; Psychedelic Reggae (Trybute) ’69
Reggay Boys – Mama Look Deh; 7″ (Amalgamated) ’68
Chosen Brothers – Mother I Love You; 12″ (City Line) ’77 Bronx
Ja Man All Stars – Dub Zone; In the Dub Zone (Blood and Fire) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour
Set 4: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45’s
Benjamin Zephaniah – I Love Me Mudder; Dub Ranting 7″ EP (Radical Wallpaper) ’82 UK picture sleeve: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox set
Barry Brown – Thank You Mama; 7″ (Observer) ’83
Dennis Brown – Song My Mother Used to Sing; 7″ (Aquarius)
Doctor Alimantado – Mama (I Thank You); 7″ (Vital Food) ’77
Chantells – Baby Mother; 7″ (Communicating) ’74
Set 5: Vinyl is Vital
Peter Tosh – Mama Africa; Mama Africa (EMI America) ’83 US
Yellowman – Honor Your Mother; Jack Sprat (Hit) ’82 JA
Simple Simon – Obey Your Mother and Father; Reggae Move (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK
Little John – I Love My Mommy; Give the Youth a Try (Live & Learn) ’83 DC
The Meditations – Mother Love; No More Friend (Greensleeves) ’83 UK
Cedella Marley Booker – Mother Don’t Cry; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84 on Bob’s deathbead: 5/11/81
<Bob going to a better place, “Mother don’t cry”>
Jimmy Riley – Black Mother Prays; 20 Classic Hits (Sonic) ’83
Mighty Maytones – Father and Mother; Madness (Burning Sounds) ’76 UK
Horace Andy – Mother and Child Reunion; Mr. Bassie (Heartbeat/Studio One) Paul Simon
Jah Shaka Meets Aswad – Addis Ababa; In Addis Ababa Studio (Jah Shaka) ’84 Dub Album of the Hour
Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Mama’s Trippin’; Voodoo Child (bootleg) Bonn, Germany Apr. 1998
Judy Mowatt – Hush Baby Mother; Working Wonders (Shanachie) ’86
Hugh Griffiths – Mother Africa; Mother Africa (My-o-lanta) ’86 UK vinyl
Anthony Johnson – Mother, Mother; Reggae Feelings (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK vinyl
KRCL is able to spin Smile Jamaica because of its Non-Profit license. That means 2 shows in the Spring and 2 in the Fall are devoted to listener pledges so I can get 60 months of creative roots and dubbers.
Since my livelihood is a sound editor, it is easy for me to hunker down in my own studio, The Secret Dubratory,
to craft what I call Digital Dubplates so I have weekly content (1 million minutes listened on Mixcloud!) on the Smile Jamaica Podcast.
April is Cannabliss!
Rita Marley – One Draw 12” Mix; Big Blunts vol. 1 (Tommy Boy) ‘81
Fun Boy Three – Farmyard Connection; Waiting (Chrysalis) ’81 – two farmers named Peter and Bob
Kid Loco – Here Comes the Munchies; Kill Your Darlings (Division One) 2001 mutant dub
Search Boys – Searchin’; Up in Smoke Soundtrack (Warner Bros.) ’78 Cheech & Chong on old Coasters R& B
First week of President Trump. Baaah, don’t want to talk about it. 2016 Presidential Election: Ebola vs. Bubonic Plague. Gonna be a brutal four years. At least we have Reggae Music to remind us. Bobbylon Chants down Babylon!
Jamaican saying: Same thing for breakfast, same thing for tea:
What I find interesting? As a conspiracist, Trump’s election signaled the collapse of the Deep State: Neoliberal politics, irregardless of Political Party, enforced through Neocon Foreign Policy.
Bush gave us Afghanistan and Iraq 2.0. Obama wrecked Libya, Syria, Iraq 3.0, Yemen and Ukraine on his watch. How a Nobel Peace Prize winner got Cold War 2.0 off the ground with Russia is quite the feat of Deep State gymnastics!
Our first black President droned so many brown Middle Easterners that he literally ran out of bombs his last year in office! WTF?
Joe Sixpack and Sally Housecoat basically went outside the duopoly of Republicrats vs. Democans. Shockwaves throughout the MIC/SIC and bankster class.
So if that rigid system is in tatters, there is no clandestine force to keep us in the dark about Extraterrestrials.
First we had the incredible footage captured by the Chilean Navy: 9 plus minutes of Infrared camera action on a UFO. No effing swamp gas, or ball lightning or bumbaclaat weather balloons.
What does any of this have to do with last week’s Ark-Ive of Smile Jamaica.Absolutely nothing!
But I am hoping for more encounters as the shit-stem (as Peter Tosh says) continues to crumble. UFO sightings will lead to a full on Columbus style emergence to fill the political gap Trump’s howling Presidency has brought about.
Let us hope the Anunnaki (those who came from the sky) treat us better than Columbus did the Native Arawak and Caribs and Africans enslaved in the Middle Passage.
The Tamlins – Baltimore; Taxi Fare (Heartbeat) ’80; Nina Simone cover; 13 sec.
Capital Letters – Run Run Run; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group
Peter Broggs – Just Because I’m a Rastaman; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ’82 DC
Akabu – Feeling Good; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’89 UK female group
Baltimore by Randy Newman
Beat-up little seagull
On a marble stair
Tryin’ to find the ocean Lookin’ everywhere
Hard times in the city In a hard town by the sea Ain’t nowhere to run to There ain’t nothin’ here for free
Hooker on the corner Waitin’ for a train Drunk lyin’ on the sidewalk Sleepin’ in the rain
And they hide their faces And they hide their eyes ’cause the city’s dyin’ And they don’t know why
Oh, baltimore Man, it’s hard just to live Oh, baltimore Man, it’s hard just to live, just to live
Get my sister sandy And my little brother ray Buy a big old wagon Gonna haul us all away
Livin’ in the country Where the mountain’s high Never comin’ back here ’til the day I die
Oh, baltimore Man, it’s hard just to live Oh, baltimore Man, it’s hard just to live, just to live
Set 6: Jamaican Jukebox 45 RPM; 6 sec.
Rob Smarley (aka Albert Griffiths) – Holiday Ride; 7” (Portland) ’78 JA; 7” Jamaican Jukebox set
<Albert Griffiths as Rob Smarley? 14 sec.>
Anthony Johnson – Oh Jah; 7” (Corner Stone) JA
Lady Ann – Informer; 7” (Taxi) ’83 JA
Carlton Livingston – Chalice in Hand; 7” (Taxi) herbtune
Set 8: Mutant Dub*
*Programming Note: power surge from all the Mutant Dub bass knocked the station off air. Most of Jah Woosh and 2 Bad Card zapped by KRCL’s weak sauce transmitter. 2 minutes of dead air chopped from the stream. Mea culpa — the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. 21 sec.
Ari Up – Kill Em With Love (Collision) 2005 former lead singer of The Slits punk group; mutant dub set
<Reggae History Lesson: punk dubstress Ari Up: The Slits, New Age Steppers, solo 14 sec.>
The Archives feat. Ras Puma – Who’s Correct?; The Archives (ESL) 2012; Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation
Red I – Jahdgement Day; Jahdgement Day (Red I) Phillipines dub
Jah Woosh – Woodpecker Sound; Wild Paarty Sounds vol. 1 (ON U Sound) ‘81
2 Bad Card – Weed Specialist; CD single (ON U Sound) ‘95
Jah Rej – Yes I; 12” (Jah Works)
African Head Charge – Fruit Market; Drastic Season (ON U Sound) ‘83
Parting Shot Words of Wisdom: Do yourself a favor educate your mind!