Photo Shuffle-Many Rivers To Cross


I pressed ‘Play’ on my Ipod and this is what I heard…Many Rivers To Cross By Jimmy Cliff

First off, I must apologize for the lack of Photo Shuffles recently. I had planned it to be quick little blogs I could do once or twice a week but recently I seemed to get interrupted which kept me from writing more. However, I do have plans to expand Photo Shuffle in 2016, including opening the idea up to more people to contribute so if you are interested, please let me know.

Since I have not done a Photo Shuffle in awhile, I could not be happier with the selection that came up today by Jimmy Cliff. I have long wanted to write a blog about him and his music. He has long been a favorite, and a few years ago I crossed him off my list of ‘must see’s’ in concert. From his early beginnings releasing singles like Hurricane Hattie and Miss Jamaica in the early 60’s to the years of major success starring in, and contributing to the soundtrack of the Harder They Come right up until 2012’s stellar album Rebirth, Jimmy has never slowed down. Indeed his shows are high energy affairs with him moving around with the energy of a 20 year old. More than that, his music from the beginning has been filled with social concerns and love, which radiates outwardly to audiences around the world.  A big reason for the the worldwide popularity of reggae in the late 60’s and early 70’s  came from both Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley.

Many Rivers To Cross, one of his signature songs is something more though. It is a song born of loneliness, sadness, anger, confusion and loss. Despite all of those things, there is an ever so slight hint of hope- “and I merely survive because of my will”. Combining that with the imagery of many rivers to cross “but I can’t seem to find my way over” is powerful. Many of us lead our lives with emotional baggage or disappointments of some sorts, yet we press on. We keep searching, we keep trying new things. The reason I thought this was a particularly apt song for today is because we are about to head into a new year. For most people that means resolutions and goals to set and a hope for a better year than the previous one.  Though we often only attain a few of the goals we set,  when the next year comes around again we still try. We may not cross the rivers of our hopes, we may wander and become lost but we still try to get closer to the other side somehow. There might be new challenges, and new problems, but we keep going, one river at a time.

Happy New Year Everyone. As Jimmy Cliff says, Blessed Love!

Many Rivers To Cross-Written By Jimmy Cliff

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All Photographs By Robert P. Doyle

*Photo Shuffle is a new, very short slice of my regular blogs based on setting my Ipod on shuffle and matching up one of my photographs to whatever comes up.





33 thoughts on “Photo Shuffle-Many Rivers To Cross

  1. This was just sad…but it definitely speaks to where I’m at right now. You picked the right song for your last 2015 post! Many rivers to cross…now aint that the truth? Happy New Year my dear friend and keep on shuffling!

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    1. Well I am sorry it came across as sad. I prefer to think of it as hopeful but I know what is happening for you so I can understand. Tell you what…I’ll keep shuffling, you keep hitting and we’ll have a great year my friend!


      1. lol you’re funny Robert! I think what made it sad for me was the instrumentals used…it kinda gave me a church feel with the organ (I guess that was an organ) and it gave off a sad vibe but the lyrics were definitely hopeful!

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      2. It is an organ and you are right, it definitely has that serious air about it at the start. And their is nothing even remotely reggae about this track (they did try to market him as a soul singer at one point in his career) but its one of those songs that when you feel it….you really feel it. And before I forget, top marks for being my top commentator this year. Would not have seemed right not ending the year without one of your comments!


      3. Hehehe this totally made me smile!!! Yayyy for being your top commentator I’ll try to keep my title for next year as well. Gee I’m glad you reminded me of this post before 2016 rolled in!!! 😀

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  2. What a wonderful post! You’re right, there is always hope, no matter what the circumstances are. As long as we don’t give up, we will never fail…only learn from our mistakes. And yay for that!

    Thank you for such an insightful, unique blog. I don’t tell you often enough just how inspiring you are, as a fellow blogger and a friend. But you are in those aspects, as well as many others. {hugs}

    Here’s to an AWESOME 2016! I just know you’re fired up! 🙂

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    1. Carol thank you so much! When the song popped up I listened to it and right away I felt it was just about the most perfect song that could have appeared. Because it is exactly as you say…that never give up attitude. We may never cross, but we keep trying.

      Being inspired by your words and blog, I am happy that what I write inspires you as well. It is such a great thing knowing that the things we do in our little blogs has the ability to make someone laugh or cry, to be inspired or to educate. Thank you sincerely for your support, comments and most of all, for being YOU! I am indeed fired up for 2016. Big time!!! Lets do this!

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    1. Thanks very much for the comment! I do know the Liebster and have done one, been nominated for a few others. Not sure if I have time to devote to it but I am absolutely flattered you selected me. Many thanks. I’ll check your blog out too!

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