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A Photo is Worth 1000 Songs – Huntington Beach, CA

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

WORDS:  Huntington Beach, CA, the quintessential west coast beach. 

What is your favorite thing about the beach?  Sunbathing?  Snorkeling? Surfing? Surfers? Skimboarding? Seashells? Fishing?  Volleyball?  Bikinis?  Bonfires? Creating sculptures in the sand?  Hunting for buried treasure with your metal detector?

I will tell you mine:  The vibes.

Maybe I’ve just been fortunate, but, I’ve never witnessed any negativity while at the beach. Smiles abound. People are relaxed and cheerful as they are doing whatever it is that ignites their lust for life or soothes their soul. 

The beach is the happiest place on earth.


PHOTOS:

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SONGS: ♫ on Spotify

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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