“Beautiful children have come into my life; Beautiful people, oh young and bright …” ‘Sensitive to a Smile.’ Image: Su Leslie, 2002
Herbs is a NZ reggae band that formed in 1979 and is still performing — albeit with a much changed line-up.
Sensitive to a Smile was released in 1987, and I remember it mainly, in a fairly abstract way, as a political song. It wasn’t until the boy-child was born in 1998 that the political became personal.
There comes a time in everyone’s life
No room for mistrust, no room for hate
Open up your heart, don’t look away
When I found myself responsible for that tiny bundle, grown from the love between his father and myself, I realised how invested I had become in wanting a better world, not only for my child, but for all mothers’ children.
“Quality in life that’s hard to find, Like a child with an open mind …” Dilworth Karaka, Charlie Tumahai, Todd Casella, ‘Sensitive to a Smile.’ Image: Su Leslie, 1999
“… Love for them is love for all …” Dilworth Karaka, Charlie Tumahai, Todd Casella, ‘Sensitive to a Smile.’ Image: Su Leslie, 2005