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Lymie Murray true to music

Published:Friday | October 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke
Lymie Murray in performance.
Lymie Murray
Lymie Murray (knelings) pays homage to Ernie Smith at Solid Gold, held in late September at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston.
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Singer Lymie Murray says that on his birthday, Tuesday, October 24, he maintained his commitment to his art just like any other day.

"If it is Christmas, Easter or my birthday, we are true to the cause of music," Murray said. So, throughout the day, he was involved in music in several ways. Earlier in the day, there was a writing session with Fantan Mojah and some other persons. Then, in the evening he went to the launch of Hezron's album The Life I Live Continues (Soulful Salvation), as well as a foundation and the video for the song MoBay, at Level 96 on Hope Road, St Andrew.

"Everybody knows Hezron is my bredren. Looking at how far he has come, I had to be there. I have been involved in his career from the beginning," Murray said.

Murray's own work was not neglected, as after that event he went to the studio to work on songs for his upcoming album on the All Spikes International imprint, created by a man called Itinue. "We work closely together. It is a new label. I am getting an album together for the first part of next year," Lymie said.

Among the songs Murray is working on are Ruler of the Earth, Set Like Rain, Rugged Life and Happy People.

On Sunday, he is one of the performers at the 2017 Queens of Reggae Island Honourary Ceremony at The Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston. "I should be performing two songs to honour these queens," Murray said. "We have to always honour the foundation. We also look at what we do for the caregivers of the children. A lot of times, the caregivers are not celebrated as much as they should be,"

 

A GOOD SONG

 

In late September, he was a part of honouring someone else, as a performer on Ernie Smith's Solid Gold event at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, celebrating a half-century of Smith's music career. "That was a fantastic evening of music. Ernie Smith is an icon in this business, definitely one of the true generals," Murray said.

Smith chose Ghetto Monday from his catalogue to have Murray sing. "That was great for me," Murray said. And it seemed others agreed, as he said one comment was, "Lymie, you should record that song, you do it so well."

"It is a really good song," Murray said.

One of his own songs that is especially dear to Lymie is Better Side of Life, which is for his own children and, by extension, "for all the children of the world."

"Every parent wants their child to be 10 times greater, 100 times greater than them. Everywhere I go I sing that song," Murray said. It is a song in keeping with the birthday wish which Murray has for his country. "If we do unto others as we would have them do unto us, that rule would change a lot of things in the society. A lot of people would not step on another's shoes," Murray said. So he wishes for "love in the warrior nation and love for all the children".