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Friday, April 30, 2010

Waterhole # 3 and other mail ...5:09 pm


Thanks a lot to Keith R. who emailed about a movie he seen one time.

I just finished watching a western flick called “Waterhole #3″ starring James Coburn and Archie Bunker [Caroll O’Connor]. It was a decent flick with a balladeer [Roger Miller] singing you through the more visual portions of the story. The first thing that struck me was the line from a song that said I’ll eat when I’m hungry and drink when I’m dry. That reminded me of “Standing in the Doorway.” But when I looked it up and it looked like a traditional song that both Dylan and the movie singer took the line from. (… continue reading …)


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Poachery in motion: the continuing story ...9:41 pm


Joni Mitchell on Bob DylanI guess Joni Mitchell really stirred things up with her characterization of Bob Dylan as a plagiarist. Certainly, if you go by the number of stories that continue to pop up about it (see the screen grab from Google News at right) this has been some kind of big deal. (… continue reading …)


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Church of Sweden and Dylan’s gospel music ...2:48 pm


Thanks to a number of readers who wrote me about this, including Tobias whose summary of it is better than what I could deliver: (… continue reading …)


Friday, April 23, 2010

What’s the matter with Joni? (Mitchell knocks Dylan!) ...1:04 pm


Forget Iran, health-care, Goldman Sachs and even South Park: the real screaming headlines today are all saying stuff like, “Joni Mitchell Slams Bob Dylan As “Fake”. It all comes from an interview she did with the LA Times. The interview was actually centered around the fact that a performance artist named John Kelly is doing a show where he acts and performs in the persona of Joni Mitchell, and indeed he was being interviewed with her. But the snippet of the interview that’s generating all the attention (… continue reading …)


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Beyond the horizon ...9:37 am


A spectacular new photograph from NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory:


Pictured here is the sun. Some scientists have theorized that it plays an important role in Earth’s climate.

Beyond the horizon, behind the sun
At the end of the rainbow life has only begun
In the long hours of twilight ‘neath the stardust above
Beyond the horizon it is easy to love


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Unbearable ...9:52 pm


The creators of South Park are being implicitly threatened with murder for depicting the Muslim prophet Mohammed in a bear suit, as below.


From the CNN story on all this: (… continue reading …)


Odds & Ends ...4:51 pm


Midge Decter on what is special about America’s place in history and in the world (and I think we forget at our peril the ways in which this country is exceptional): (… continue reading …)


Monday, April 19, 2010

Talkin’ Tea Party etc. ...4:55 pm


At, Kyle Olson invokes Bob Dylan’s Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues in an interesting way, in responding to the alarmist criticism of the Tea Party movement from Mike Lupica in the Daily News. (Thanks to Ronnie for the tip.)

What set Lupica off was seeing a “STOP” sign on which someone had spray-painted “Obama,” so that passing motorists were now being entreated not to apply their car brakes but instead to “Stop Obama.” I’m not sure how many have followed this instruction so far, and Lupica doesn’t provide any numbers himself. He goes on to say: (… continue reading …)


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Thunder On The Mountain ...5:53 pm


Thunder on the mountain, fires on the moon
There’s a ruckus in the alley and the sun will be here soon
Today’s the day, gonna grab my trombone and blow
Well, there’s hot stuff here and it’s everywhere I go

BoomIt’s impossible for me (and likewise I’m sure for many others) to look at this Icelandic volcano, and its effects, and not reflect on how we humans have been scurrying around concerned (… continue reading …)


Thursday, April 15, 2010

McCotter pens a keeper ...8:08 pm


Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, the congressman from Michigan (and an RWB Q&A subject) has written a great piece at, titled “A Heartfelt Hymn of American Redemption.”

Defending the Tea Party to its opponents is like explaining Bob Dylan to his critics: their ears don’t hear what your heart understands.

Isn’t that the truth?

He goes on to say: (… continue reading …)


Sweet Seoul music ...4:37 pm


Bob Dylan closed his show in Seoul, South Korea on March 31st with Blowin’ in the Wind (a special second encore, just as he had done on the final night in Tokyo). You can hear a clip here.

It’s another iteration of what I think of as (… continue reading …)


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Bobs & Ends ...8:23 pm


So, no big Dylan news during my sort-of sabbatical from commentary, other than Red China banning Bob from appearing there, and a brand new Dylan album emerging via the soundtrack for the film “My Own Love Song.”

Well — the China story hitting the mainstream media must have seemed a little strange to avid Bob-watchers, who had to be bemused by headlines (… continue reading …)


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