Of the four tunes that have so far been officially confirmed to be on the forthcoming Bob Dylan album, Christmas In the Heart, just one is set in Bethlehem. That one is Little Drummer Boy. (… continue reading …)
Friday, August 28, 2009
On my comment in an earlier post about only ever being able to use Bob Dylan’s Winterlude before in my Christmas music party tapes and CDs, thanks to Jerry for this e-mail:
Regarding using Dylan songs on your own Christmas compilations, how about Dylan’s recording of ‘Arthur McBride” which is a Christmas song? Christmas is mentioned in “Three Angels.” How about Dylan’s recording of “Pretty Boy Floyd” in which the outlaw offers money for Christmas dinners for the families on relief?’
Touché. Jerry must have the best Christmas compilations ever. (… continue reading …)
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I guess it’s going to be kind of like the 47 days of Christmas before the new Bob Dylan album, Christmas In the Heart, arrives. (Previously: Christmas In the Heart by Bob Dylan) This story from CAP News is a pitch-perfect satire: “Dylan Xmas Album ‘Last Straw’ For Folk Festival Protestors.” (… continue reading …)
Bob Dylan’s Christmas album, entitled Christmas In the Heart, is to be released on October 13th. All of Bob Dylan’s American royalties on the album, “in perpetuity”, are to go to Feeding America, a charity which provides food to the needy. All of Dylan’s international royalties, in perpetuity, are to go to similar international charities. Apparently a donation equivalent to the value of four million meals has already been guaranteed for this year to Feeding America.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Thanks to reader David for forwarding the link to a piece by Darren Hirst in a publication called Cross Rhythms. The article is called “The spiritual journey of a 20th century icon,” and is from 2003. I’m pretty sure I read it in the past, but it’s a quite interesting piece and worth a second look. There are also some other interesting pieces on Dylan in the same publication. In particular this one reflects on (… continue reading …)
Friday, August 21, 2009
I obviously haven’t been writing here on the political battle currently taking place over the Obama/Democrat “health-care reform” plan. Just haven’t quite had the appetite or time for it lately. It can be assumed that I agree with all of the reasons for opposing it, and they’re being stated quite well by others. And I’m personally (… continue reading …)
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
You’ve probably seen this elsewhere, but on Sunday last (August 16th), which happened to be the thirty-second anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan played at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena in Stateline, Nevada. The second last song of the night was none other than Heartbreak Hotel. Audio below from YouTube.
Congrats to reader Wayne W. who wins a copy of the DVD Bob Dylan: Both Ends of the Rainbow 1978-1989!
The correct answer to the question:
“Which newspaper in 2006 published a piece in which they quoted Bob Dylan as having once described himself as ‘a 62-year old Jewish atheist’?”
… is of-course the Christian Science Monitor. (… continue reading …)
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
What with going off on a sentimental tangent about Mr. Limbaugh in that last post, I forgot to make one more point that I had intended to make about Bob Dylan’s encounter with the police and that of Professor Gates. I did already touch on it in previous posts but just wanted to emphasize it one last time before dropping the subject. (… continue reading …)
Monday, August 17, 2009
U.S. radio talk-show host and living institution Rush Limbaugh mentioned the July 23rd Bob Dylan encounter with the Long Branch, NJ police department on his show today. He highlighted the difference between how Dylan responded to the cops versus how Professor Gates did. (… continue reading …)
Jim Dickinson, a storied man of music and a good friend of Bob Dylan’s, passed away on Saturday. One of the many pieces on him is by a writer named John Lewis who knew him well.
Some may remember that it was through an old interview with Jim Dickinson that we discovered that Bob Dylan has been an avid reader of the author Larry Brown (who himself was a friend of Dickinson’s and who passed away in 2004). This has been taken to explain why the photo on the cover of Together Through Life is the same one used on the cover of Brown’s book of short stories, Big Bad Love.
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