The winter blues are such a real thing my friends. I was born and raised on a warm tropical island where the temperature would only enter a low of 59 degrees on occasion and the rain was warm and always inviting you to dance along with it. So on days where the cold begins entering the emotional veins, reggae is able to warm the mind and soul. I am instantly transported back to Haena, Kaua’i in the late 90’s. What a time to be alive on the Hawaiian islands people! It was an absolutely dreamy childhood. Picture being an eternally barefoot child roaming through lush tropical jungles. Salt from warm oceans permanently attached to your skin. Naps in toasty sand after hours of wandering. Scavenging for guavas and mangoes amongst tangled tropical flora. The soft scent of awapuhi ginger and plumerias. And in the background of each moment wafts sweet reggae melodies.
I found The Frightnrs a couple of years ago when I was meditating on moving back to Kaua’i. Dan Kleins voice was the reassuring nudge that it was time to return to my roots. Dan Klein, with the voice drenched in a honey glaze of vintage soulful reggae, was one of those people with the capacity to enhance the human experience of soulful sound. I latched onto his music when the cravings for Kaua’i were all consuming only to find that he had passed away shortly after creating their first album. Despite this loss, within the bands soulful grooves, my roots remain gratefully grounded. I am grateful for his earthy voice, however short lived it may have been. Sending love his way and with that there is nothing more to say.
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About The Curator - Maria Fish
You can most often find Maria in her garden humming along to an eclectic playlist titled “Life’s a Garden, Dig It” and of course tending to her beloved kale. Shout out to Joe Dirt for the wise words and fantastic playlist name. This garden is located on the island of Kaua’i at her childhood home surrounded by tropical fruit trees and flowers. Beautiful music has always gone hand in hand with the beauty of the island. Just as she nurtures her plants, she looks forward to nurturing this playlist and the community of music lovers that feel like stopping by and having a listen.