Toots And The Maytals

November 15th, 2012

 Photo by Paula

Multicolored fabric beret – Brigitte, blue scarf with green trim – NYC street vendor years ago, long black sweater – estate sale, leggings and boots (winter staples worn frequently on SC).

It was a cold and snowy winter evening as The SC and friends traveled to a live performance by Toots and the Maytals HERE at Swallow Hill Music HERE, a Denver institution which features roots music.  Toots is widely credited for coining the term reggae and will be turning 70 in December, which makes him about three months older than The SC.  I attended a Toots concert in 1975, and was eager to hear him again, 37 years later.  Why does it seem like yesterday?

His voice continues to soar and he wore red leather pants as he told stories, danced across the stage and put on a dynamic show for an appreciative and adoring audience.  Toots continues to live in Jamaica, but is in the middle of a US tour with his band and back up singers.  Just another example of continuing to do what you love at any age.  After all, today my yoga teacher shared, ‘Every breath has its own story.’  Why not create a story that includes dancing across the stage, dressing up at the drop of a hat, focusing on one’s hopes and dreams, and mirroring one’s deepest values.

Crone hand on fabric beret with hashtag ring created by beautiful blogger and talented jewelry designer Wendy Brandes HERE.  It has become clear that the hashtag ring accompanies The SC to any and all live music performances.  Sometimes you just know when a practice becomes a ritual.

Photo – cd universal

 ‘Toots Then’

‘Toots Now’

Makes me want to dig up a photo of The SC ‘Then.’

Thank you to Heidi of The Closet Coach HERE for featuring The SC on her fabulous and informative blog.  Heidi writes about ‘style, fashion and creating a wardrobe that’s full of clothes you want to wear.’ I feel privileged to have been asked to write about my love for hats. Check out The Closet Coach for expansive ideas!

25 Responses to “Toots And The Maytals”

  1. Heidi

    Thank you for the Q&A! It was fun and I’m definitely inspired to wear my hats more often 🙂

  2. Chicatanyage

    Love the colour of beret and scarf. Have just bought similar colour.

  3. déjà pseu

    Oh, LOVE Toots and the Maytals! What a fun time that must have been. The texture and colors of your beret are lovely.

  4. déjà pseu

    And I adore the hashtag ring from Wendy of course!

  5. pao

    Yea for roots and Toots music! And you look so warm and cozy in your beret and scarf, et. al. I’ll check out your interview…

  6. Anne-Marie Bruun

    It is so beautiful color these. It’s beautiful when turkis, blue and black meet. And I so agree hopes and dreams is so important for life.

  7. SizzleandZoom

    I visited Wendy’s on-line jewelry store. She’s got some beautiful things there that she has
    designed. I have never seen Toots and the Maytals in person. It must have been a

  8. pastcaring

    I bet that was a great night. I was only dancing in my kitchen to 54-46 Was My Number the other day! And you look fabulous, another glorious hat, and such gorgeous colours.
    My mother always says that if you have a thumb that bends right back as yours does, it means you are very artistic and creative. It’s true in this case, so maybe she is onto something! xxxxx

  9. Pam@over50feeling40

    you are forever stunning and this is a fun post right down to Wendy’s ring!

  10. Paula

    Love toots; have their music on my iPod !

  11. Shelley

    I would SO love to see a photo of you from 1975!! I’m glad that hashtag ring has become a favourite – it’s so cool and looks great on your hand. You look gorgeous in the sea-colours against the black.

  12. Patti @ NotDeadYet Style

    Love Toots! And he’s looking great – as are you, in that very cool beret. Of course, your WendyB ring is so fresh too. Aren’t live concerts so invigorating?

  13. Jeannie@gracefully50

    I agree with Shelley! Could we see a photo of you from the 70’S?
    You are so classy!

  14. Marla

    Love that beret and that amazing hashtag ring!

  15. Amber of Butane Anvil

    Dear Judith, thank you so much for the tips on hat fit and brim width – so much appreciated!

    I love these wonderful colours and textures of your hat and wrap together, with the accent of the fringe of your hair. Your tall boots are perfection. It is fabulous that Toots wore red leather pants, and how the addition of a particular ring can turn an occasion into an event. “Sharp” ring! 🙂 I adore Wendy’s work.

    Excellent interview over at The Closet Coach!

  16. Amber of Butane Anvil

    P.S. another heartfelt “yes please!!!” for past photos of the SC!

  17. Vix

    You are so cool, I love it when you go to gigs, you have the best taste in music as well as clothes and hats! xxx

  18. PamMarie

    Fabulous! Love your colors. I love colorful scarves, have several. My hat collection is very small. In fact, I just bought my first fedora recently. I’ll have to look for a special hat to go with my blue and green wrap.

  19. Terri

    Hope you danced this time around too. Reggae is the MOST dancable music on the planet in my humble estimation. Love the hand on the beret.

  20. Megan Mae

    Your Wendy ring is totally awesome! I love the splashes of color from your magnificent scarf and hat.

  21. Jilly Be

    Hot Diggity! Toots is still alive and performing!?!

    I daresay it was about 1975 that I first saw him (In Hawaii – they must have been on tour that year) What a delightful mental journey down memory lane 🙂

  22. Ulla-Marie

    Your mix of colors are great and I envy your female hand … hrmpf. My hnd is more like a manhand!


    My dearest Jidith, you are always a vision to my eyes, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    have a wonderful weekend.

  24. Kaffesoester

    The colour mix is so beautiful! I love the dark nail polish with the blue, white and turquoise on the hat! And of course, you look as elegant as always!

  25. Style Higher™

    Judith, I searched YouTube for a Toots song and found “Unchained Melody”. I listened to it with a huge smile as I looked at your picture. Sending you a heart full love! xoxoxoxoxoxoxox

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