Monthly Archives: April 2010

Waterhole # 3 and other mail

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 “Waterhole # 3 and other mail” »

What’s the matter with Joni? (Mitchell knocks Dylan!)

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 “What’s the matter with Joni? (Mitchell knocks Dylan!)” »

Talkin’ Tea Party etc.

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 “Talkin’ Tea Party etc.” »

Thunder On The Mountain

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 “Thunder On The Mountain” »