Pressure Drop

Sweaty mother and child

Driving down Route 78 with the windows down, Pressure Drop by Toots and the Maytals came on the radio. I cranked the volume over the sound of the wind and the increasing static as I shuttled out of the station's range.

I know the song from The Harder They Come soundtrack. Possibly the only soundtrack album that has no duds. Whenever the temperature rises above 85 with standard New Jersey humidity, I put this record on the turntable and sing along.

The title song, The Harder They Come by Jimmy Cliff, brings a tear to my eye. The chorus begins, "So as sure as the sun will shine, I'm gonna get my share now of what's mine." It's an anthem for the down and out, righteous, and sweaty.

Sweaty father