“It’s a new day.” That’s one of Edmund’s lines (as portrayed by Mickey Rourke) in Bob Dylan’s film Masked and Anonymous. Edmund says this in a portentous manner as he’s getting ready to take over leadership of the fractured America portrayed in that film. Continue reading “A new sheriff’s in town” »
I honestly don’t believe that there’s anything useful I could contribute to this story. It has nothing to do with me. (Or with Bob Dylan, for that matter.) And I hope to leave it at that.
Bob Dylan’s Christmas In The Heart has entered the U.S. Billboard album chart at number 23 overall. Not too bad a showing for Christmas music in advance of Hallowe’en. It is at number 10 under “Rock Albums” (and provides yet another example of the ultimate inanity of those musical labels, if you ask me). And it is perched at numero uno in the all-important category of “Holiday Music.” It debuted at number 1 in that genre, beating David Archuleta’s curiously titled album Christmas FROM The Heart, which debuted at number 2. Neil Diamond’s third volume of Christmas material to date, A Cherry Cherry Christmas, debuted this same week at number 6. And the Ultimate Christmas Collection from the Jackson 5 debuted at number 9. Barry Manilow’s In The Swing of Christmas arrived at number 11. And an honorable mention is warranted for the Chipmunks, whose Christmas With The Chipmunks landed with a .22 caliber bullet at number 16.
So, this was a big week for that “holiday music,” but the biggest splash has clearly been that of good ol’ Bob. Well deserved, and congrats.
RWB is not dead, but just a little distracted and detained.
Dig this newly-uploaded YouTube clip of Bob and the boys from Salina, Kansas on October 23rd last. Continue reading “Bound in cold irons” »
One of the better critiques of the health care bill currently looming over America like a Hallowe’en ghoul is this one, in my view: Continue reading “Health care and the Baucus bill” »
I meant to devote a little more reflection to the word itself in the previous post. However, when blogging, one is often in such a hurry to hit “publish” (and see an interesting piece by Stefan McDaniel that reflects on that syndrome: Reverence for Words: A Case Against Blogging).
Anyhow, the word amen is Hebrew, and apparently dates back to the earliest known Judaic writings. Continue reading “A little more <em>amen</em>” »
I think that quite a lot of people who’ve heard Christmas In The Heart at this stage have been struck by what you could call the final note.
As with a number of the songs on the album, Dylan doesn’t sing all of the words to Continue reading “The Great AMEN” »
Thanks to Lars, who writes all the way from Denmark: Continue reading “A reader’s thoughts on <em>Christmas In The Heart</em>” »
No Dylan content, but this might interest some: a column by Neil McCormick in Britain’s Telegraph that asks, “Is Bono a Conservative?” McCormick was attending the first “U2 Academic Conference” at North Carolina Central University when he caught a talk by Stephen Catanzarite, author of “U2’s Achtung Baby: Meditations on Love in the Shadow of the Fall”. Continue reading “Right Wing Bono” »