Here we are again at Thanksgiving, a time to give thanks and offer praises. So why not choose for our seasonal musical selection a song entitled ‘Give Thanks and Praises.’ This joyous, slow-rollin’ tune is from 1983’s Confrontation, the thirteenth and final studio album by Bob Marley & The Wailers, and released posthumously two years after Marley’s death in 1981 at the age of 36. The songs on the album were compiled from unreleased and unfinished material recorded during Marley’s lifetime, the most renowned of which being ‘Buffalo Soldier,’ Marley’s tribute to black U.S. cavalry regiments recast as symbols of black resistance.
Resistance is futile, however, to this, or for that matter, any of the instantly recognizable recordings created by the reggae, Rastafari and global icon, Bob Marley, who, some might be surprised to know, was placed all the way up at #11 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time – ahead of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, and The Who, to name but a few.
Thanks, praise, and One Love to The King of Reggae, the Honorable Bob Marley.
Now, I just hope that after the traditional gluttonous overindulgences of the Thanksgiving meal I can Get Up Stand Up from the dinner table.