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A Photo is Worth 1000 Songs – Florence, OR 2am

A weekly series exploring photos, words, and songs.
Photos: Arik Solberg
Words: Dave Shiffman
Songs: ♫ on Spotify

WORDS: “The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep.”
                                                                E. Joseph Cossman

The black of night gradually brightens, subtly at first, as the line of the nearby ridge and silhouette of the trees can be seen.  Soon, the first rays of the sun creep over the horizon, adding dashes of brilliant orange to the greyish pale blue sky. The silence is broken by the song of birds, a rooster crows in the distance. The moon pulls an Irish goodbye, inconspicuously vanishing from its perch.

Soon the sun makes a grand entrance, revealing itself in its majestic totality. Everything becomes illuminated as it casts its warm glow upon the hillside. The nearby Pacific births pockets of fog, which lurk in the valleys before slowly rolling up the slope. It brings an unwelcomed damp chill, but the giver of life is too powerful to be contained by the vapor for long, and soon again it blankets the bluff, bathing scarlet foxglove flowers in golden splendor.

Morning brings rejuvenated promise.  A new day is ripe with possibilities.  








SONGS: ♫ on Spotify

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Ever since becoming deeply moved and then essentially obsessed with reggae music as a teenager, Dave has always strove to learn as much as possible about the history and culture of reggae music, Jamaica and Rastafari, the ideology and lifestyle intertwined with reggae. 

Over the years, he has interviewed many personalities throughout the reggae world including Ziggy Marley, Burning Spear, Lucky Dube, Bradley Nowell and many artists in the progressive roots scene.

Dave has also written and published a novel, “The Cosmic Burrito,” a tale of two friends who drive across the USA in search of the ultimate burrito. He plays ice hockey weekly for a recreational team he founded and manages, Team Rasta.

Reggae music has filled his life with a richness for which he will forever be grateful, and he gives thanks to musicians far and wide, past and present, whether they perform roots, dub, dancehall, skinhead, rocksteady or ska, whether their tools are analog or digital, as well as the producers, promoters, soundsystems, selectors and the reggae massive at large who comprise the international reggae community.

You can follow Dave on Instagram at @rootsdude and Twitter at @ElCosmicBurrito.

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