Monday, March 18, 2013

I feel like I need to send a big "Thank You" to all the people who read my blog.  I'm often surprised to receive beach-themed gifts at holidays and I've enjoyed the books, candles, bumper stickers and refrigerator magnets I've gotten this past year.  (Yes, Yankee Candle makes a Sun & Sand candle that really does smell like the beach!)

I'm also surprised when someone mentions my blog or has a suggestion for a post.  Sometimes I don't know who's out there reading my reflections, or maybe just enjoying the photography.  (thanks to Pinterest, when I can't use my own pictures.)  Who knew this was a good place to visit for a little break in the middle of a busy workday?   But now I know that there are many of you who like to take little fantasy trips to the coast or remember lazy days by the beach from vacations past. 

One of the suggestions I've gotten for a post is Beach Music.  Wow, what a great topic, but it could cover several posts.  There are so many genres:  some people think Beach Music is Carolina Beach Music, which is an R&B sound from the 50s and 60s.  For those who love to Shag, it's definitely the soundtrack for your vacation.   (and if you don't know what shagging is, well, it's a type of swing dancing popular in Virginia and North & South Carolina.) 

For others, Beach Music means the Beach Boys or Jimmy Buffett and at some point I'll give them each a post, as they've been favorites of mine at various points in my life.

But for many, Reggae is the sound of the islands.   Reggae is easily recognized by its offbeat rhythms.  The accents on the second and fourth beat in each bar, with the drum's emphasis on the third beat creates a unique sense of phrasing.  All I know is that when people hear a reggae song, they almost always start to sway or move their head with the rhythm.  So for now, I'll leave you with sounds of Mr. Bob Marley -- enjoy!  (and I love the animation in this video too!)

1 comment:

  1. A friend of mine just wrote me this: I’ve read somewhere that Reggae’s standard rhythm is 60 beats per minute, and that matches the pace of a human heart. That might be why we have to move when we hear a Reggae song.