‘I wish I had written Redemption Song’: Stephen Marley’s honest playlist | Music


The first record I bought
My dad had a record store, so it was less buying a record and more saying, “Can I have this record?” But the first record I remember buying was One Wheel Wheelie by Early B, from the Harry J record store in Jamaica.

The first song I remember hearing
Lively Up Yourself by Bob Marley and the Wailers which came out in 1974. I was born in 1972, so I would have been two years old. We had a turntable back home in Jamaica, so it would have been vinyl.

The song I do at karaoke
I have never done karaoke. But if I had to put myself in the shoes, I think I would do Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean. This song was played all the time in Jamaica when I was growing up – like everywhere in the world – so I know all the words.

The lyrics to the songs I know and love best
Well, I know the lyrics to a lot of songs, but I think the lyrics to One Love by The Wailers are so uplifting that they give you hope and calm you down.

The best song to play at a party
It depends on the type of party! But I’d say you can play Could You Be Loved by Bob Marley and the Wailers at any kind of party, and everyone will jump on it.

The song I streamed the most
I don’t stream a lot. I’m too busy making the music that’s going to be released, so I live in the studio!

The song I secretly love but tell everyone I hate
It’s actually a song for a commercial for Downy Fabric Softener that aired in the 80s. [a take on the 1963 novelty song Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp Granada) by Allan Sherman]. Normally I don’t like to watch commercials, but I find myself singing this one anyway.

The song I can’t listen to anymore
I know of Bob Marley and the Wailers. It was one of the last songs he sang. It’s a song about when the race gets hard to run and you just can’t keep up. I get very emotional when I listen to that one, so I skip it.

The song I wish I had written
There are quite a few songs that I would have liked to write. But Redemption Song by Bob Marley and the Wailers is just a strong statement because it speaks to humanity and humanity.

The song I can’t help but sing
No ordinary love by Sade. I don’t consciously sing it. I always bubble this just out of nowhere. It just speaks to me. I like the melody, the texture of his voice and the words.

The song that reminds me the most of my dad
My brothers [Ziggy Marley] the music reminds me of my father. Toots and the Maytals reminds me of that too, so I’m going to pick their song Do the Reggay.

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