The year was 2012. Memorial Day.
Coming off a three-day bender that set each of my friends back at least a month in our lives, we woke up with the inherent need to be outside on a porch combatting the Sunday (well, now Monday) Scaries.
Staying at my friend’s parent’s house all weekend — which we named The Bro Palace for the weekend — we had three priorities that day: clean up before his parents got home, buy a disgusting amount of food to grill out with, and listen to some tasty jams while kicking back a few cold ones.
Because none of us wanted to clean, we called a cleaning service to take care of the house while we went grocery shopping and got our lives back together.
Upon returning from the store with chicken, corn, various potato salads, and a case of Red Stripe, we were promptly greeted by the cleaning ladies who happened to be Jamaican. Thinking we’d throw them a bone and allow them to loosen up a bit, we put on the Contemporary Reggae Pandora station before my friend Tube Socks asked them, “Hey, can you teach us how to make jerked chicken?” Slightly taken back, I wasn’t sure how they’d react to us blatantly assuming that they’d know how to make jerked chicken simply because they were from Jamaica.
But luckily, wide smiles graced their faces and we were met with a, “Sure!”
And thus, we spent the rest of our Memorial Day drinking Red Stripes and eating jerked chicken on a porch with two Jamaican women while listening to Contemporary Reggae. And in order to harness this feeling forever, we created a replica playlist of the Pandora station on Spotify, and a star was born:
For a direct link to subscribe to Contemporary Reggae, look no further.
Now this is mainly used for maxin’ and relaxin’ while sippin’ Mai Tai’s in the middle of summer near a fresh body of water, and that’s fine by me. .
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