December 15, 2008

One Love… for Autism.

My son LOVES him some Bob Marley!  Seriously!

Now, some of you probably turned your nose up when you read that, and that’s okay.  I’m thinking you probably don’t know much about Bob or his music, and that’s okay too.

Allow me to shed some light on that which you do not know…

Bob makes my son sing… at the top of his lungs and with emotion!

Bob makes my son sway to the beat!

Bob encourages my son to read.  If there are lyrics in the album cover, my son can be found reading them.

And I credit Bob for much of the spontaneous speech that my son has spoken this year.

Here’s a little more of that which you probably do not know.

Marley remains the most widely known and revered performer of reggae music, and is credited for helping spread Jamaican music to the worldwide audience.

The compilation album, Legend, released in 1984, three years after his death, is the best-selling reggae album ever (10 times platinum[3]), with sales of more than 12 million copies.

Marley suffered racial prejudice as a youth, because of his mixed racial origins and faced questions about his own racial identity throughout his life. He once reflected:

“I don’t have prejudice against meself. My father was a white and my mother was black. Them call me half-caste or whatever. Me don’t dip on nobody’s side. Me don’t dip on the black man’s side nor the white man’s side. Me dip on God’s side, the one who create me and cause me to come from black and white.”

Bob was not afraid to talk religion, politics, or philosophy in his music.  His music has transcended color lines and racial bearers, and it continues to gain new listeners/lovers/appreciators of his work… year after year.

Yes, he smoked… ummm, a particular plant, but what exactly does that have to do with anything?

Nothing.  Absolutely nothing.

Music has been proven to enhance speech in children on the spectrum.

My son choose Bob to help him with his language “issues”.

The following song is one we sing together.  It is part of a speech by Haile Selassie I that Bob put to music!

To hear a 7 year old sing this song with such conviction is, well, amazing!


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