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the elliptical thought cycle of hearing a familiar reggae rhythm

Derek Walmsley

1. that bassline, that's familiar... yeah, this is one of the true foundation tracks of reggae. Now, what the hell is it?
2. [hint of melody comes in] OK, yeah, that's how the verse goes... so, if I can just remember the chorus, I'll be able to figure out the track...
3. [hums vocal line to self] Ah yes, this is the one.... so the chorus goes something like...
4. "Jah is the light and foundation...."/"Down here in Babylon... "/"Africa... here I come...." Argh that doesn't narrow it down at all!
5. Return to step 1.



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