Good Friday To You
A canonic work of musicianship in the reggae catalog released in 1973 coming from a trio called The Heptones was derived from the poeticism of Robert Lee Sharpe, who was born in 1872 . He lived to be 78 in Georgia, and at this time I am unable to glean much unfortunately, about his history to share from there. However, his philosophical musing that he composed catalytically was put to rocksteady revival and is one of the most treasured chunes (Jamaican slang for tunes or recordings) of the reggae sub-genre.
The elements of Sharpe’s work was turn gospel with a flinching spiritual invocation that could only be summoned by the one member of the Heptones who rarely had any lead in all the songs they produced. Barry Llewelyn — who was born in Kingston, and raised in Trench Town, where the Honorable Robert Nesta Marley was born in Jamaica — is so matter-of-factly insistent in the Book of Rules refrain.
“ while common people like you and me we’ll be builders for eternity each is given a bag of tools a shapeless mass and the book of rules”