Cedella Marley is Bob Marley’s eldest child and in celebration of Bob Marley’s recent birthday, it seemed like a cool thing to hear from his daughter about him as a cool dad. Interesting insight into the music legend. One Love #FatherhoodFriday
Excerpts from an interview with Cedella with BBC News Magazine:
He was a cool dad, as cool as they come.
If he was in town he would always be the one that would come and pick us up from school, take us to the beach. We’d go running, swimming. He was very competitive, a work-out fanatic. Whenever he would come and pick us up from school, I would walk out with my chest up and my nose in the air. I was like, “That’s my dad.” He was the sexiest dad in prep school. I was proud of my dad.
He was very strict about our schoolwork. We went to Catholic schools. It was very funny for people who would say, “Your father is such a Rastafarian.” And I was, “Yeah and he sent us to Catholic schools!”
I wouldn’t say he was a cuddly dad, but he was fun. He was funny – he would always try and make you laugh.”
He wrote songs, hanging around, and it was fun to watch him too. It was kind of casual, if we were sitting back watching tv, he’d have his guitar.
Music was important in our childhood. It wasn’t something that we had to do. My father’s attitude was, “If you want to do it you can do it, but if want to do it you’re going to have to be great at it.”
He was a perfectionist – it had to be perfect.
He said: “If my life is just for me then I don’t want it.”
But I know what he meant. If you can’t do something that would help to bring about change, then what are you living for? Even though our time was short, he was a great person to have as a father.
Read more at BBC
Also if you can make it to NYC check out … the NY Off-Broadway Premiere of Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds at the New Victory Theatre February 7-23, 2013 after a local run at the recently completed Bowie State Fine and Performing Arts Center in January, 2014. Three Little Birds premiered at Adventure Theatre MTC in March 2013 and is based on the book by Cedella Marley with music & lyrics by reggae legend Bob Marley, and enjoyed a well-received run earlier this season. Ticket information for the season is at available at NewVictory.org and at (646) 223-3010.
Daddycool review of the play – We saw it first!