Thirteen years ago, I set off working on my first box set, The Reggae Box—The Route of Jamaican Music. I’d worked on a handful of boxed sets, but this was the first one I was helming, and having to present the music of Jamaica—especially as a follow-up to the excellent Tougher Than Tough set, I was nervous. By late August, we were mastering, actually assembling the set’s music—I recall the first tune we laid down was Gregory Isaacs’ “My Number One”—and I started to feel better about the set. I started hitting my stride.
I left for work early that Tuesday morning, wanting to stop by the office before heading to the studio. As I drove, I listened to the unreal unfold on NPR.
2 weeks ago