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.
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.)
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” »
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” »
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.
Today, on the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v Wade decision, the annual March for Life is taking place in Washington D.C. Those who would like to show some support but who can’t be there can also participate online this year. Click the banner you can see in this post or on this link. Continue reading “Life and life only” »
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.”