Monthly Archives: January 2010

You may like to gamble, you might like to dance

While looking to see what were the latest Bob Dylan-related videos uploaded to YouTube, I found the clip below. It’s of a student singing Gotta Serve Somebody at a school prayer service, accompanying herself on piano. I think it’s a really good take on the song, actually; it’s worth a listen all the way through.

And below is a clip of Bob Dylan performing the same tune in Copenhagen last March. Continue reading “You may like to gamble, you might like to dance” »

None of them along the line know what any of it is worth

Today (and apparently only today) Amazon.com is selling Bob Dylan’s album Together Through Life in mp3 format for the price of $3.99. With ten tracks, that makes it 39 cents per track. (Except I guess you have to buy them all to get that price.)

It strikes me that 39 cents a track is about the right price for an mp3 file, and $3.99 about right for what would be a single-disc album. Normally, of-course, Amazon and other online music retailers charge about 99 cents per track. Continue reading “None of them along the line know what any of it is worth” »

Osama Green Laden

Oh, boy. And yet, it’s really not all that surprising. If this tape is genuine, the question is why Bin Laden didn’t get on the climate-change bandwagon a long time ago. The enemy of my enemy is my friend; if he were really savvy he would have been railing against the way the Great Satan was destroying Allah’s precious earth for the past decade. In actuality, he has brought it up before, back in 2007, but only as part of a laundry list of complaints against capitalism and democracy. Continue reading “Osama Green Laden” »

A half-baked soufflé

From the Daily News: White House orders Justice Department to look for other places to hold 9/11 terror trial.

Officials [at the Justice Department] have apparently been caught off guard by the fiery opposition in New York, an insider told the Daily News.

“They’re in a tizzy at Justice over Bloomberg,” a federal law enforcement official said. “It’s like a half-baked souffle – the plan is collapsing.”

[…]

Rep. Pete King made a push against a Manhattan trial by introducing a bill that would prohibit the use of Justice Department funds to try Guantanamo detainees in civilian courts.

The Long Island Republican called the White House plan “one of the worst decisions ever made by any President” and insisted Mohammed should be tried by the military.

Bobs and Ends

On Wednesday, February 10th, the White House will host “A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement.” From the White House press release as quoted by the Chicago Sun-Times:

Participants include Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Smokey Robinson, Seal, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Howard University Choir and others. Morgan Freeman and Queen Latifah will serve as emcees for this concert which will feature songs from the Civil Rights Movement as well as readings from famous Civil Rights speeches and writings. The President will make opening remarks at this concert held in the East Room which will be pooled press and streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov starting at 5:15 p.m. ET.

Some might wonder at the appropriateness of one or two of those names, but you can’t wonder at the appropriateness of Bob Dylan’s participation. In addition to the live streaming, the concert will be broadcast on Public TV stations the following day, February 11th, at 8 p.m. ET. Can’t wait. Continue reading “Bobs and Ends” »

Rock of Ages, again

Back a few months ago there was a flurry of unofficial Dylan-related videos being deleted from YouTube. Thinking, “Yikes, the jig is up!” I took down the handful of clips I’d posted myself over the years. But it turned out that only a limited number of clips were targeted, apparently (according to the Web Sheriff) with the aim of making the official videos more readily visible to YouTube surfers, especially for the promotion of Christmas in the Heart.

In any case, today I uploaded again one of the clips I had deleted. It’s Bob Dylan and his band performing the song Rock of Ages in Durham, New Hampshire, on November 17th, 1999. Continue reading “<em>Rock of Ages</em>, again” »

Rolling down like water

The good news just keeps on coming. The first is no surprise to anyone (perhaps other than Nancy herself, who asserted the opposite just days ago) but the health care bill is D.E.A.D., with House Speaker Pelosi announcing, “I don’t see the votes for it at this time.” Specifically, she’s referring to votes in the House for the existing Senate bill, but cut it anyway you like: the monster has expired. Further along in the AP story is this, a statement from Nancy Pelosi so heavily laden with ironies that I cannot believe it didn’t sink through the earth and pop out in China somewhere:

“We’re not in a big rush” on health care, Pelosi said. “Pause, reflect.”

Continue reading “Rolling down like water” »