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A Photo is Worth 1000 Songs – 001

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

WORDS:  Stumbling upon a beach that you didn’t know existed. Pulling the camper right up to the water for a lakefront view.  Paddling out at dusk.  Soaking in the splendor and solitude of Lake McConaughy in Ogalalla, Nebraska.  Falling asleep listening to music by the fire side, under stars and moonlight.  Letting the road open your mind and the beauty of life and land open your heart.  

May these images and the songs we’ve selected to accompany them bring you peace and put some pep in your step on this fine Friday.








  1. Midnight Landing – 10 Ft. Ganja Plant
  2. Atabey – Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
  3. Heartland (Acoustic) – Stick Figure
  4. Farmhouse – Phish
  5. Start with Yourself (feat. Kaya, Aston & Olivia Heinrichs) – Josh Heinrichs
  6. Cali Song – Giraffe Aftermath
  7. Sweet Life (Acoustic) – The Movement
  8. Periscopes – The Beautiful Girls
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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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