Be Happy: An Intro to Reggae

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I’ll premise my little ‘Intro to Reggae’ playlist with just a short side note. My favorite part about this genre is definitely the laid back, “no worries” attitude that I find so refreshing. Especially when we’re constantly running around with 101 places to go and people to see, reggae is a perfect getaway. If you’re at all like me, sometimes the idea of hopping on a boat and sailing away to some remote island doesn’t sound so bad. Obviously the logistics of island living at the moment are a little complicated, so here’s an alternate method for a quick escape. (Then you can get back to the hustle and bustle of college).

“Set Sail” – The Movement

Listening to reggae is almost like taking a little island getaway. Right now we’re in the midst of stress at school. The world is moving on at such a fast pace, and we’re all trying our best to keep up whether that means losing our sanity or not. The Movement helps bring back those summer days on the beach with the "no worries" attitude I love. Giving you a three minute break from all reality and responsibilities is what reggae is all about.

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” – Bobby McFarrin

Probably a familiar tune, but Bobby McFarrins has a point. Sometimes we worry over the smallest things, and in doing so, those small things turn into big things. No one needs that added stress – we’re all here, in college, with so many possibilities ahead of us. Sometimes we just need a little reminder: “don’t worry, be happy”. After all, life’s too short to not enjoy it.

“Sweet Honey” – Slightly Stoopid

I got to see Slightly Stoopid live this summer outside on the Charles River in Boston, which was easily one of the best live performances I’ve been to yet. You could tell they loved what they do for a living, as they jammed for two hours for a rowdy crowd. They exemplify the legend Bob Marley’s words, “love the life you live, live the life you love”.

“Is This Love” – Bob Marley

Speaking of the one and only Bob Marley: the one who basically started it all. Everyone loves a little Bob. How can you not? This song is a classic and is a must have on every reggae playlist.

“These Days” – Orange Grove

Much of Reggae is the focus on love. Whether it’s love of music, life or that special someone. What makes the genre unique and refreshing is that the love is so simple. This song helps maintain  the drama free vibe that we also see in many pop culture songs today. “Orange Grove” is a simple and catchy tune.

In college, we all deal with so many things while here and sometimes we get bogged down with all the responsibilities and tasks given to us. Reggae just serves as a reminder to enjoy the simplicity of life – wherever you are, whatever you do. So take a breath, play some jams, and be happy! Life is good.

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