In a previous post I exercised some poetic license in portraying Carl Sagan as a lothario, a Casa superNova if you will, and astrophysicist Carolyn Porco as his ingénue. In reality, Sagan was a dedicated family man, having married three times and having fathered five children.
Being the stellar dad that he was, he undoubtedly would book off time from work during his children's March Break and fly his family somewhere tropical for a week of much deserved rest and relaxation.
The ideal island getaway for the Sagans would seemingly be Hawaii, famous for its Mauna Kea astronomical observatories. But Jamaica also has its own 21-inch refracting telescope at Stony Hill St Andrews. And more importantly for a vacationing scientist, Jamaica happens to be renowned for a little home-grown something. A something potent for taking one's mind off of work entirely.
I mean - of course - that sweet, sweet, reggae music.
Imagine Carl and company getting fried bananas, packing their feet in the piping sand, blazing a bon fire, and inhaling that refreshing ocean breeze, as they listen to the soundsystem rockers in a distant yard wheel up and select the choon.
Alton Ellis – "Reason in the Sky," Sunday Coming, Coxsone Records, 1970
Discogs: Second Coming
Dennis Brown – "Blood Sun," West Bound Train, Third World, 1978
Discogs: West Bound Train
Scientist & Prince Jammy – "Buck Rogers In The Black Hole (Dub)," Scientist & Jammy Strike Back, Trojan, 1982
Discogs: Scientist & Jammy Strike Back
Rae Day Extended Vacation Cut:
Max Romeo & The Upsetters – "I Chase the Devil," War Ina Babylon, Federal Records, 1976
Discogs: War Ina Babylon