Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Ska Madness

Reverend Dick, pastor of the Church of the Sweet Ride (might as well suffer), has done it again. He has taken me on a memory trip back to a time I know he cannot recall himself. He posted some Ska, and it took me back to 1963 and the college on the hill. St. Olaf (yes, it's real) had a very strong music department and all the music geeks played the latest hot stuff. Ska was hot. I have a weakness for live performance. In this case the tired old man live, pales before the vibrant young Prince on vinyl. Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think.


3 comments:

Justine Nicholas Valinotti said...

I love it. Have you heard any of Bob Marley's very early stuff? That's what I think of when I hear the song. Of course, ska is one of the parents of reggae, and before anyone outside of Jamaica had heard of him, Bob's music was a sort of combination of ska, doo-wop and the blues.

You may want to check out something that's apparently from one of his demo tapes in the mid-'60's: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BBBMNjPblY

Gunnar Berg said...

Yeah. In 1963 Bob Marley was just another Ska singer. Ska was always pretty derivative. He took in a direction that more non-Jamaicans could relate to.

Margadant said...

This will always be good stuff. Thanks for remembering.