The reggae road has brought me to this junction in life. At one point I thought that I was destined to football greatness. Good skills, aggressive, skillful sometimes but I never made it to the ‘world’ stage, playing internationally in another country and also being a significant player at that level. Like millions of other fellas, I thought that I had a chance if I got the right breaks. Yet whether I was performing in a stadium, church league, bush league or road side scrimmage, I just wanted to play! Love to play!
So no I never made it there, but was good enough in certain communities to get some ratings as a ‘baller’ and as reggae music goes one is either an entertainer or a baller to be a ‘star’ in a community. I used to hear and feel the music in me when I played (still do). It resonated with every pass, every dribble, every shot, every tackle... Football made me love reggae...reggae made me love football.
It will always be thus...
It is probably why I maintained a fairly high level of play for a long period of my life because even into my 40s and 50s I am still ‘functional’ when around good, better or younger players. Music and ball are one.
That is the energy that I brought and bring to this interpretation of I reggae journey. This is how I grew up with it and also how I would like to display it. It was a positive with me in adolescence to adulthood and has guided my journey through the music industry.
Recently, a few folks have asked me about where to find a vibe like that.
I have it!
I need finances to get it and the programs to date probably don’t include reggae or black culture. Historically it has never included any of the ‘urban’ music especially within Canada. I used to get angry and SCREAM “RACISM!!!!!” , falling into the distractions placed before me.
Like everyone else I bought into the distractions of, racism, sexism, gay rights, hetero rights, civil rights, animal rights, oil sands mining, over fished seas, IMF banking institution, systemic racism, separating, dividing successfully and effectively, feeling hapless and helpless then you realise the only ‘problem’ that I had was me. I couldn’t figure it out. I did not have the ‘solution’.
The “system” wasn’t the problem; it was my acceptance of that system.
I reach Reggae Lane.
I had no idea that this blessing was coming my way...our way. It has many folks speaking of Canadian reggae history with pride, some learning of the rich history and many others celebrating past events. It is such a positive move. We are glorifying the contributions of many whom we all hold in high regard and many still around today performing and carrying the music forward. I’ve always felt that reggae needed more and deserved more. I have been promoting shows, parties and events for years never having the right amount of marketing dollars to properly promote on the same levels as everyone else. The granting / lending institutions don’t sit well with me. I’d LOVE to get all kinds of funding yet I am also aware that I must create my own sources of income in order to create some levels of independence. So I now own the trademark for Reggae Lane. Through selling the merchandise I can put that funding back into promoting reggae music as I’d like to see it. If you feel like developing the growth and emergence to the world stage of Reggae Canada, buy Reggae Lane.
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Show your support of JuLion, Canadian Reggae World, and Reggae music by purchasing Reggae Lane gear and wearing it proudly. It is uniquely Canadian.
Sidebar: I wrote a book called Three Finger Jack ~ The Spirit of Jamaica, a fictional piece of Jamaican history about a significant Jamaican who inspired me and many other Jamaican children. When purchasing Reggae Lane product, if you wish a copy of the book emailed free of cost, I will send it to you. If you like what you read and wish to forward it, please do so yet if you also wish to support by purchasing the book, it can be found at Amazon.com as well as Kobo.com.