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February 14, 2011

High Tide or Low Tide

Admin note: I had a product review locked and loaded for today, before noticing the date that this would post, and … D’Oh! Time to come up with a quick (and hopefully, slightly more romantic) Plan B. Look for the review next time.


“In high seas or in low seas –
I'm gonna be your friend, I'm gonna be your friend.
In high tide or in low tide –
I'll be by your side, I'll be by your side.”

-Bob Marley, “High Tide or Low Tide” (video after post)

This probably isn’t a shocking thing to hear about two native Californians, but my wife’s and my relationship with each other has revolved extensively around Bob Marley music.

One of my first inklings that this could be the Right Girl was when she surprised me with tickets to a Bob Marley Day concert (although truthfully, she didn’t have to do a whole lot of detective work to know I’d bite, since I had a Bob Marley poster in my dorm room), which was a perfect excuse for us to leave campus behind for a whole day with nothing more important to do than hang out together and get to know each other. There were a lot of bands playing that day … but I don’t seem to remember who they were. The girl, I remember.

For the rest of our time in college, we attended more reggae concerts together, and Bob Marley was a constant background music staple in our respective apartments. And when it came time to start planning a wedding, it didn’t take us long to decide which song would be our first dance as husband and wife. (It wasn’t the intro song; it was this one, seen in a rare concert video.)

Over the years, his music has been an ongoing presence in the life of our family. Our children have been raised on it (in a related story, we should have taken it as a sign that our most stubbornly independent kid’s favorite song at age 3 was Get Up, Stand Up), and there’s never been a time when a Bob Marley disc wasn’t in the minivan’s CD changer. And while nothing about all this makes us particularly good parents, it feels like an important responsibility for us to uphold.

On that note, the following song seems like an appropriate one to include here: it celebrates familial love across generations, and it’s a nice representation of the beautiful simplicity of Marley’s music. It also happened to turn up on the soundtrack of our videotaped wedding album - but it’s probably even more applicable to our relationship today than it was when we were newlyweds. There have been more high tides and low tides in the past year than either of us could have imagined – which is why I’m eternally grateful to have my best friend at my side.


And because music videos weren’t exactly prominent back in Bob’s day – and since I just mentioned the familial theme of this song – a concert version of the tune by Stephen Marley featuring his grandmother (Bob's mother Cedella, before her death in 2008) on backup vocals seems especially fitting.

Stephen Marley, “High Tide or Low Tide” by Bob Marley (click to play):

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Scotty,  2/14/11, 6:59 AM  

Love the song. My favorite version is this one with Jack Johnson and Ben Harper: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyf-RxhYBjY

Donald 2/14/11, 7:58 AM  

Scotty: I love that version also - I actually have a brief follow-up post about it coming up this weekend.

Anonymous,  2/14/11, 8:00 AM  

Great Post and could not be more fitting - My wife and I lived and met in Hawaii, Is This Love was our wedding song as well as it was only appropriate. She was the best thing to ever happen to me!

shel 2/15/11, 1:00 PM  

oh man, i thought i was the only one with a small child who knew lyrics to marley songs. when you're four year old belts out "we're the survivors, the black survivors..." well, that's a special moment. and by special i mean, "am i messing my kids up?"

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