Remembering Reggae’s “Cool Ruler” Gregory Isaacs

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Gregory Isaacs — one of the most popular and versatile reggae singers of the late-Seventies, and the smooth-voiced dancehall crooner behind the genre’s landmark 1982 LP Night Nurse —

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Gregory Isaacs - Night Nurse (Live at Reggae Sunsplash 1983)

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Gregory Isaacs - My Number One

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GREGORY ISAACS : Tune in

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Gregory Isaacs - Cool Down The Pace

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Gregory Isaacs - If I Don’t Have You

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Long Live the “Cool Ruler”…Gregory Isaacs!!!!

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 Tribute to the Reggae Legend

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Gregory dies at 59; Jamaican singer pioneered reggae style known as lovers rock

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One of the genre major stars in the 1970’s, the ‘Cool Ruler’ had a polished sound and lyrics that focused on tales of love.  He was also known for his designer suits. 

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Gregory Isaacs, the Jamaican singer who pioneered the style of reggae music known as lovers rock and became one of the genre’s major stars in the 1970s, has died. He was 59.

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Isaacs died Monday at his home in London, according to his manager, Copeland Forbes. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer last year.

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Known as the “Cool Ruler,” as he styled himself in the title of a 1978 album, Isaacs cut a dapper figure in his designer suits and silk shirts — an image suited to a style of music that emphasized romantic yearning over reggae’s more traditional themes of spiritual and political transformation.

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“I’d say he’s one of the three geniuses I’ve known in the reggae music business, and I’ve known everyone,” said Gary Himelfarb, who recorded several Isaacs albums for his Washington, D.C.-based RAS Records label in the 1990s.

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“Gregory was the kind of person who could walk through a room of 20 people and come out the other side and tell you what everybody was wearing,” added Himelfarb, whose professional name is Doctor Dread. “He could sit at a piano and compose incredible tunes. He was really brilliant. He was on a whole other level than your typical Jamaican artist.”

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Isaacs was born in Kingston on July 15, 1951, and grew up in Denham Town. In school, he enjoyed reading, composition and painting, and at home he listened to American R&B on his family’s radio.

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Gregory Isaacs

July 15, 1951 - Oct 25, 2010

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Comments (0) Oct 25 2010

FINGER-LICKIN’ GOOD ~THOUGHT FOOD!

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YOUR  PRINCIPLE

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LOVE

is my God

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LIFE

is my Religion

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HUMANITY

is my church

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LOVING

my neighbor

as myself

is my daily worship

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Comments (0) Oct 25 2010

Patrick’s Craft Shop . . . . #15

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On your next trip to sweet, sweet Jamaica…

the beautiful island in the sun…

with white sand beaches and breathtaking views…

you gotta top off the wonderful and unforgettable experience

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Patrick’s Craft Shop #15

on the Hip Strip

(Gloucester Ave in Montego Bay)…

 

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(between Cambio & Spice World Supermarket)

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TEL:      396 - 4098

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(Ask for PATRICK or PAM)

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Patrick’s Craft Shop #15

is only a stone’s throw from Decameron Hotel & Toby’s Inn Resort…

MONTEGO BAY

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IMG_0631_1.jpg Handmade goodies at the Negril Craft Market image by aallikat 

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Patrick’s Craft Shop

Shop #15

Fantasy Craft Market

(Hip Strip)

Gloucester Ave

Montego Bay

JAMAICA

 

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TEL:   396 - 4098

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Specialising in:-

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SOUVENIRS

(Bob Marley etc.)

 

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HAIR BRAIDING

 

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GIFTS

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HANDMADE GOODIES

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bamboo craft

wood craft

straw craft

shell craft

bead craft

fabric craft

ONYX

BLACK PEARL

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A MountainWings Moment - The Power of Touch‏

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The Power of Touch
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I worked as a medical/surgical nurse at a busy hospital and was
young in years and experience when this happened.


I had a patient to care for on my night shift along with eight
others. This particular patient did not talk, move or even give
me eye response when I was speaking to her.

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She was alone; no family. She was a DNR (do not resuscitate),
no heroic measures for her, just let her be.
She was on the telemonitor, which watches what the heart is
doing, rate, rhythm, etc.


After I did my initial assessment (like a physical exam), I
repositioned her, placed pillows at the areas known to have
skin breakdown (any bony prominence) and tried to make her
more comfortable. Then I went to speak to the nurse watching
the telemonitor for the shift so I could find out her rhythm,
etc. to put in my nurse’s notes.


I was shocked when she pointed to the screen that displayed my
patient, “This is what a dying heart looks like.”

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I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. She didn’t look to be in
any distress when I was just with her. I asked a few questions
then quickly went back to the patient. Still no change.

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As the evening went on, I got patients admitted from the emergency
room and things got very busy. I had to make time to check on my
“special” lady.

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Every four hours I like to check vital signs if someone is in
this state. I took them again; pulse rate and blood pressure
were lower. I was standing at the bedside and could talk to the
telemonitor nurse over the intercom in the room. I asked her if
there has been any change.

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“The heart rate is 60 and dropping.” While I was checking blood
pressure and breathing rate, suddenly there were two other
nurses and several nurses aide’s in the room. Since she was DNR,
there was absolutely nothing we could do.

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The other members stood and watched as the voice over the
intercom said, “Heart rate is 50 and dropping.” Her respiratory
rate dropped from the normal 20 a minute to 15 then 10.
She was going.

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I stood there feeling completely helpless. I must do something.
The only thing to do was pray.

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“Heart rate is 40.”

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I prayed silently and looked around the room. Everyone was just
standing, watching, with their hands clasped in front of them.
She was not struggling, but lying peacefully with her hands across
her chest, rising slower and slower as her breaths decreased.


Speaking to the intercom I said, “Her breathing is 5.”
Of course I am touching her while checking blood pressure but it
is not the same as “touching” her.
After a moment her breathing stopped completely.

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Comments (2) Oct 19 2010

Celebrating the life of Miss Lou

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The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission has earmarked the month of September to celebrate the life and work of Hon Dr Louise Bennett-Coverley OJ, OM.

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The amazing Miss Lou was born on September 7, 1919.  She was a Jamaican poet and activist for the Jamaican language and is described as Jamaica’s leading comedian.  Miss Lou has been lauded as the only poet who has really hit the truth about her society through its own language.  She has managed to capture Jamaican thoughts, feelings and lifestyle through her poems in the vernacular.  This has been done through masterful taste in use of the dialect which is acceptable to and appreciated by all in Jamaica and the Diaspora.

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In September, Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) staged a series of activities across the island.  St. James hosted ‘MoBay Ring Ding’ as part of the celebrations.

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‘MoBay Ring Ding’ is a mini concert with a mixture of poems and storytelling.  This year the National Exhibition

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