I mentioned on this blog that 2019 was the year my Dad’s health went sideways. Other than a bad back, he’s like the Montana version of Clint Eastwood. A rare brain condition damn near sent him to Jah’s Heavenly Choir.
Long story short: Jan.-June was a distracting nightmare of back and forth with my Mom reporting grim news and discouraging progress. Calls and texts to my brother and sister who all feel helpless hundreds of miles away.
Here is what Papa Bob had to recover from in 2019:
My Pops has spent more nights in either a hospital bed or “rehabilitation clinic” (aka nursing home) than he spent at his Snowbird spot in Sun City West, AZ. Retire and then get seriously ill. Life is not fair.
Long story short: The Mayo Clinic in Phoenix “fixes” NPH by installing a shunt in your skull. It’s like the condensation hose on your AC unit. Excess fluid drains away and is absorbed, harmlessly, into the abdomen.
I was there in Arizona when he turned a corner and now is walking with a cane, where he was formerly wheelchair bound.
Mayo Clinic. Wow, awesome. Thank you! Dr. Bendok; Dr. Krishna. All killer, no filler!
So I have been basically “clenched” for seven months. It affects everything and I was keeping all days free in case I had to make an emergency trip to Phoenix. So once Dr. Krishna told my Dad “the pendulum is swinging in the right direction”, it was like Pops had permission to return to the way things were.
One day he said, “Hey go get my book.” He reads these detective novels one after another. Went back to reading the local paper. We watched the Chernobyl Mini Series on HBO together and he was totally engaged. Phew!
I was encouraged enough to think I could engage in a little self indulgence. No more Family With Medical Leave Act for I ‘n’ I.
Now, I want to go on vacation: cratedig, road trip, herbal excursion, concert. While everyone else was dealing with the chaos of the first week of school I was on my way to Denver for a comedy concert.
My Version Excursion Itinerary:
I 70 to Green River for lunch at the Tamarisk Cafe’ my bredrin Aqua Boy recommended.
Stop in Palisade, CO at a dispensary. My weed concierge seemed a little grumpy. Hey fella, you could be slopping Slurpees at the Sev. Answering all my questions on my Seven Leaf purchases should be like a wine vendor sampling his wares. Come on man, you see Utah on the Driver’s License. It’s like having to talk to a toddler. But I don’t care — I’m on vacation. Just gimme my stash and choke on my cash!
Drove through the most beautiful stretch of country I have ever been on: Grand Junction to I 25 approach to Denver. Had it all: fruit stands, wineries, rivers, dams, mountain passes, tunnels, ski resorts, Amtrak. Treacherous driving even in the Summer at nearly 11,000 feet. Wow!
Check into my hotel in Denver. Hit the liquor store. Stealth vape in my room while I plot my book and record store mapping, neighborhood by neighborhood. Successful cratedig: picked up around $200 of fresh Reggae vinyl
Had Dinner a couple nights with my friends who flew in to see comedian Jimmy Dore and because I hate flying, I had my car.
Listened to KGNU Boulder’s “Reggae Bloodlines” show on Sat. 1-4pm. Having a session and a cocktail just like millions of you all do every Saturday during Smile Jamaica. Reggae Bloodlines sounded like Smile Jamaica with more Rebelution type reggae than Mutant Dub I ‘n’ I play, but straight up killer roots!
Sat. 4:20 vape like a viper before the show
Standing online with about 75 fellow Tulsi Gabbard and Bernie Sanders fanatics wearing my brand new Ilhan Omar T shirt which got many thumbs up from the Progressive audience in attendance
A round of cocktails with my friends to combat cotton mouth and settle in for nearly 2 hours of gallows humor with comedian Jimmy Dore surrounded by fellow travellers on the Far Left political spectrum. Single payer or death!
Sunday morning sunrise return trip via I 80. Thermos full of bad coffee grinding out flat and bland prairie. Cruise control at 73 MPH churning up the mile markers as my Pops loves to say, “feeling like a whore in church”, watching for Johnny Law on the 525 mile stretch back to SLC.
Gassed up in Rock Springs and called my Mom and that is how I found out my Dad doesn’t need a cane around the house. Praise Anu!
So yeah, good week after a brutal year. Selah!
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 17, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 43 sec.
Earl Zero – Only Jah; Only Jah Can Ease the Pressure (Freedom Sounds) ’79 JA vinyl
The Supersonics – Treasure Isle Dub vol. 2 (Treasure Isle) JA vinyl dub set of the hour
Been organizing all my vinyl in my Ark-Ive. It’s a never ending proposition of memory refresh. I haul and pull about 40 gems for you on this show.
Find out from where I get my nickname. Bobbylon. (PS – not one of the Reggae good guys!); 51 sec.
When I was a youth in Montana I collected baseball cards and comic books. You had a visual/literary context. But not like the satisfaction of finding a rare record, pulling it from the sleeve, dropping the needle pon the groove and listening to the bass wash over the room.
Now that is the joy of collecting!
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Annotated Playlist: May 18, 2019 – All Vinyl; 68 sec.
Half Pint – Greetings; Greetings (Power House) ’86 JA vinyl
Black Disciples/Burning Spear – The Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour
Barbara Paige – Jah Love; Hear Me Now (Epiphany) ’82 San Francisco
Merge – Vision of Life; Prisoner of Your Love (Takoma) ’84 Hollywood, CA
Steel Pulse – Nyahbinghi Voyage; Caught You (Island) ’80 UK
Wailing Souls – Ishen Tree; On the Rocks (Greensleeves) ’83 UK herbtune (1) vox
Josey Wales – Love Me Ishen Tree; Ganja Pipe Is Harmless (Live & Learn) ’83 DC herbtune (2) dj
Pad Anthony – Praise Without Raise; 12″ (Sunset) ’85 JA
Yellowman & Fathead – Proud of Me; Yellow Man, Fat Head and the One Peter Metro (Absissa) ’82 JA
The Meditations – Fly Your Natty Dread; Greatest Hits (Shanachie) ’84 Ho Ho Kus, NJ
Mighty Invaders – Mr. Officer; Invasion! (Rave) ’83 Syracuse, NY youth group w/ female vox
Sister Nancy – One, Two; One, Two (Techniques) ’82 JA
Carl McDonald – Jah Is Coming; 12″ (Makdon) ’87 US
Gregory Isaacs & Christine – Rock On + Saturday Night; Rock On (Jah-Live) ’75 Fr.
Hugh Griffiths – African Dream; Motherland Africa – Gone Clear (My-0-Lantic) ’86 NY
Inner Circle – Rock the Boat; Rock the Boat (Trojan) ’74 UK – Hues Corp. disco cover
Dennis Brown w/ Nigger Kojak & Liza – Hole in the Bucket/Cork It; 12″ (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’78 JA – Luther Ingram cover
4th Street – Ah Who Seh? Ah Who Sey? Go-Deh1 (EMI) ’76 Dub Album of the Hour
Junior Reid – Love Mama; Original Foreign Mind (Harry J) ’85 JA
Lillian Allen – The Subversives; Revolutionary Tea Party (Redwood) ’85 Emoryville, CA; Toronto dub poet
Having some bourbon over at my buddy Aquaboy’s house. He, I and our friend Mike like combat glaucoma Friday afternoons with some music on the Hi Fi.
My choIice was Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue. In my elevated condition I’m sitting by the right speaker and noticed the dubby echo of the title track. Mick’s falsetto, Bill Wyman’s bubbling bass and Charlie Watts tapping out a retro Reggae riddim.
Praise Anu! That’s mutant dub! Sounded almost like the Public Image Limited LP Second Edition. A-tonal echo and meandering pace.
As a drum and bass follower, I always thought Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts are underrated for their syncopation. In my mind, they are the best things on suspect Stones albums like Undercover and Dirty Work. (Before I got into Reggae, living in Montana the Rolling Stones were my most listened to group.)
<Stones drum & bass; 26 sec.>
So listen keenly at around the 2 hour and 30 minute mark on today’s Ark-ive for Mutant Dub Rolling Stones – thus I decree.
Also, this show is a prelude to next Saturday’s penultimate 420 blow out on 4/20, April 20th. I harvested 15 new soundbytes, bong rips and movie trailers
10 down, 40 to go!
<Psalm 18 Verse 8 – The Good Sensi; 18 sec.>
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Annotated Playlist: Apr. 13, 2019; `1 min.
Matumbi – Music in the Air; Matumbi (EMI) ’78 UK vinyl
Glen Brown – Detrimental Music; Music From the East (Fashion) ’89 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
Judy Mowatt – Put It On; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Wailers cover
Gladiators – Jah Jah Version; Studio One Singles (Heartbeat/Studio One) 70’s era
Clancy Eccles – Don’t Brag, Don’t Boast; Bob Dylan: Artists Choice (Starbucks) Rock Steady era
Prince Jazzbo – Jamaican Collie; Mr. Funny (Pressure Sounds) ’75? 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
Zicam and Vitamin C during the Holiday/plane rides – check
I shouldn’t have gone back to work. That was what laid me low. Second day back. Too busy to get sick so I paid the price Saturday.
Everyone else came from their travels and those of us working with the public are well exposed. After 2 weeks off air seeing family, I didn’t want to miss a show.
Bad radio etiquette to hack and wheeze on air, but I soldiered on. The worst thing about colds for a deejay? Not only the horrible voice croak announcing set lists, but worse: Congestion for me settles between my ears. That makes it rough to cue up the record when I drop the needle.
<COLD, COLD WINTER>
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 12, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 27 sec.
Rasta Generation Band feat. King Caleb – Stand By Jah; Stand By Jah (Black Spade) ’90 Oakland, CA vinyl – Ben E. King update
The Aggrovators – A Version of Class; Dub Justice (Attack) UK vinyl dub album of the hour; 70’s Bunny Lee B-Sides
Eric “Rebel Lion” Bubble – Forward Jah People; Roots of Black People (Progressive International) 2013
Joy White – Tribulation; United Dreadlocks (Rhino UK) ’77
Linton Kwesi Johnson – It Noh Funny; A Capella Live (LKJ) ’93 in Brussels UK dub poet
<LKJ poem; 46 sec.>
Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Stop That Train; Stop That Train (Greensleeves) ’83 UK cover of Keith & Tex
Wow. That was quite the election without objection. Say what you want about Pres. 45, he motivates people to the polls. Although 5 billion dollars seems like quite a squandering of resources for such lack of choice.
But listening to Reggae for 3 plus decades, I learned to give the Hairy Eyeball to the isms and schisms.
So, this Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives delves into the real politik. And the same thing for breakfast.
I also think The Cream has it on the money too….
<Same thing for breakfast & The Cream’s Politician; 85 sec.>
The Cream – Politician
I’m a political man And I practice what I preach I’m a political man And I practice what I preach So don’t deny me, baby Not while you’re in my reach
I support the left Though I’m leaning, leaning to the right I support the left Though I’m leaning to the right But I’m just not there When it’s coming to a fight
Best outcome for I ‘n’ I
Michigan legalized the collie weed
Missouri medical MJ
Utah Proposition 2 – Medical Marijuana puff puff passed