I can’t dance in most settings. In fact, I am extremely awkward dancing anywhere that skanking is not accepted as official dance currency. However, somewhere around senior year of high school I developed the ability to have very little shame and made it my goal to skank at least once during any music event I attended. I’ve skanked at Giant Stadium while Bruce Springsteen sang “Rosalita,” at The Arts Center during STP’s “Sex Type Thing,” and even as recently as an extensive session during Matt and Kim’s TCNJ performance.
Thankfully, Jimmy Cliff provided me with appropriate platform to do such a dance. I was in my glory, King for an hour in the bloodshot eyes of the surrounding hippie/Rastas.
Cliff played an inspiring set that included such hits as “Blessed Love,” “Many Rivers To Cross,” and “I Can See Clearly Now,” to name a few of the fan favorites.
He spoke his views on the environment, the war, and entertained the crowd with various forms of Jamaican style dancing, it resembled the skank, that no 62-year old man should be able to do without spraining a hip.
Cliff even played a kick-ass Cat Stevens cover of “Wild World.”
This show was a lot of fun and I’m glad I got to see it.