The video of William Shatner reciting parts of Sarah Palin’s farewell-as-governor-speech on the Conan O’Brien show has been all around the place — but if you haven’t seen it, you can watch below. Continue reading “Palin’s poetry” »
When I wrote that Alec Baldwin had come out as a Republican, I was being ironic — merely highlighting his political incoherence in favoring tax breaks for the TV/film industry.
But there’s no punchline with Arlo Guthrie. It is actually true. Ron Radosh is spreading the news, quoting Arlo from today’s Sunday New York Times Magazine. Continue reading “Arlo Guthrie: Republican” »
Bob Dylan recorded the song Rank Strangers To Me on his 1988 album Down In The Groove, and has performed it live on many occasions. The song was written by Albert Brumley, who is perhaps best known for writing the joyful and much-loved gospel song I’ll Fly Away. Dylan probably heard multiple artists perform Rank Strangers, but there’s no doubt he would have been very familiar with the version recorded by the Stanley Brothers. Currently on YouTube is a beautiful film clip of Ralph and Carter Stanley and musical colleagues doing this very song. Take it away, boys. Continue reading “The Stanley Brothers and <em>Rank Strangers To Me</em>” »
At my other internet-based text-launching platform, The Cinch Review, I have some words on this subject: What if it hadn’t been Sgt. Crowley (who met Professor Gates that fateful day)?
At the American Spectator, Ben Stein (an RWB Q & A subject) has a short and very to-the-point piece entitled “We’ve Figured Him Out.” Stein asserts that Americans are beginning to wake up to the fact that Obama is basically a “super likeable super leftist.” Continue reading “Ben Stein on America waking up to President Barack Obama” »
A press release from Rep. Thaddeus G. McCotter (R-MI) on a House Resolution calling for a Presidential apology to Cambridge Police Sergeant Jim Crowley, which will — if necessary — be introduced on Monday. Continue reading “McCotter on Obama, Crowley and Gates” »
At Dreamtime, to honor the fortieth anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, Fred Bals looks back at all the instances in which Bob Dylan has expressed his vehement opposition to space exploration (at least by humans): Touching the Moon. Fred strings it all together very well, and there’s no question this is one of the stranger bees in Bob’s bonnet. But I just have to disagree Continue reading “Bobs & Ends” »
Just a note to say I know things have been sketchy and sporadic on this website lately. I thought I had gotten over a recent very irritating respiratory infection last week, but then relapsed, so my energy has been a bit low. Continue reading “Strange trip” »
Bob Dylan and his band performed Things Have Changed at the American Film Institute’s tribute to Michael Douglas on June 11th this year. It was broadcast on TV Land Prime last night. No matter how I twist my rabbit ears, I can’t seem to get that channel, so I was pleased to find it on YouTube this morning. See below. You might subtitle it, “Bob shows the world he can still play guitar.” Continue reading “Bob Dylan sings <em>Things Have Changed</em> at AFI Tribute to Michael Douglas” »
Click here for an mp3 of Bob Dylan performing his new song Forgetful Heart last night in Bethel, New York. As in earlier Continue reading “A <em>Forgetful Heart</em> from last night” »
Thanks to Douglas LeBlanc who e-mails this follow-up to the story of Jimmy Carter falling out of love with Bob Dylan after Slow Train Coming:
Continue reading “More on Jimmy and Zimmy” »
I was sittin’ home alone one night in L.A.,
Watchin’ old Cronkite on the seven o’clock news.
It seems there was an earthquake that
Left nothin’ but a Panama hat
And a pair of old Greek shoes.
Didn’t seem like much was happenin’,
So I turned it off and went to grab another beer.
Seems like every time you turn around
There’s another hard-luck story that you’re gonna hear
And there’s really nothin’ anyone can say
And I never did plan to go anyway
To Black Diamond Bay.
In 1975, Walter Cronkite could be described (by Bob Dylan and Jacques Levy) as “old Cronkite” without any real irony — it probably seemed like he’d been on American TV forever at that point (he was the anchor of the CBS Evening News from 1962 to 1981). Thirty four years after that song was written, old Cronkite will get no older, passing on at the age of 92.
As for his politics and so forth, we’ll speak no ill of the dead today. And as the man said, “there’s really nothin’ anyone can say.”
Listen to Black Diamond Bay via YouTube: