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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Odds and Ends ...9:48 pm

Francis Beckwith (a big Bob Dylan fan, by the way) writes today on the invitation given to President Barack Obama to deliver a commencement address at the Catholic university of Notre Dame, and especially on the decision of Notre Dame to award President Obama an honorary doctorate of law. (… continue reading …)








Monday, March 30, 2009

Quite a groove: New Bob Dylan song Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ at BobDylan.com ...10:07 am

In case anyone doesn’t already know it, until midnight tonight you can download a free mp3 of Bob Dylan’s Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ (from his forthcoming album Together Through Life) at BobDylan.com. It’s a 256 kbps mp3 file. (… continue reading …)








Sunday, March 29, 2009

I Believe In You ...10:26 am

On the first night of his new tour, in Stockholm, Sweden, Bob Dylan performed I Believe In You. In a kind of set-list-joke (intentional or not) it came right after I Don’t Believe You. The funny thing about that latter song, of-course, is that the phrase “I don’t believe you” never appears in the song (hence the subtitle: She Acts Like We Never Have Met). Anyway, I Believe In You was sung with a lot of feeling and nuance by Bob (… continue reading …)








Saturday, March 28, 2009

RWB’s contribution to “Earth Hour” ...2:14 pm

If the lights go off where you are in honor of “Earth Hour,” stay tuned here. (… continue reading …)








Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ — Amazon mp3 clip ...10:16 am

Well, since it’s the way the world is, we may as well embrace it. It sure is spine-tingling; that is, the 30-second clip of Bob Dylan’s Beyond Here Lies Nothin’, from his forthcoming album Together Through Life.

Play below.

The entire song will be out next week.

Addendum: It is believed that BobDylan.com will be offering a free download of the complete mp3 of Bob Dylan’s Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ on Monday, March 30th, 2009.








Friday, March 27, 2009

More prejudicial previewing ...7:41 pm

Together Through Life by Bob DylanAnn Powers at the LA Times had an early listen to Bob Dylan’s Together Through Life and has perhaps the most descriptive and evocative track by track synopsis yet. (… continue reading …)








Thursday, March 26, 2009

One more cup of coffee in Stockholm ...11:10 am

On YouTube, with Bob Dylan center-stage and playing guitar, from the Globe Arena a few days ago (March 23rd, 2009). The visuals settle down after some initial craziness, as is the style with these things. One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below) is a rarity in concert these days, but not as rare as the previous night’s Billy, of-course. (… continue reading …)








Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Eight carburetors: Bob Dylan on fire on his new tour ...6:19 pm

There’s only been two gigs so far, both in Stockholm, but I think the message to Bob’s European fans is “Catch him if you can.” The reports via Bob Links are rave.

On Lovesick, last night, Bob performed center-stage, alternately singing lines and playing harmonica licks in a spine-tingling fashion, then moving behind his keyboard halfway through and punctuating his dramatic singing with swirling organ riffs. You can dig the clip here. (… continue reading …)








Monday, March 23, 2009

Not Dolly Parton’s Jolene: Part two of Bob Dylan talking to Bill Flanagan ...11:41 am

Together Through Life by Bob Dylan Part two of Bill Flanagan’s interview with Bob Dylan, on his new album Together Through Life and other topics, is up at BobDylan.com. Click here to read it all.

When I saw the song Jolene in the track list for Together Through Life, I was pretty excited. I thought: How is Bob going to sing this song from a male point of view? (… continue reading …)








Sunday, March 22, 2009

First night of the new Bob Dylan tour: Billy ...10:39 pm

The first show of Bob Dylan’s new European tour was in Stockholm, Sweden. The set list is here. The major surprise, just looking at the list of song titles, was the twelfth tune of the night: Billy. This would appear to be the first live performance of the song that Bob wrote for his great soundtrack to the Sam Peckinpah film, “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.”

My own Billie is awfully excited to hear about it. (… continue reading …)








One more note on “giving away” Theme Time Radio Hour ...10:28 pm

Thanks to Patrick Crosley for the following e-mail: (… continue reading …)








Bob Dylan: Searching for a Soldier’s Grave ...1:42 pm

And speaking of “the patriotic Bob Dylan”: I’ve linked to versions of this before, but new on YouTube is this clip of Bob Dylan and his band performing Searching for a Soldier’s Grave (a Jim Anglin/Roy Acuff song) live in London, England, in the year 2000. (… continue reading …)







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