There is a new record being released called Revival, put out by “Rhythms del Mundo.” The profits are supposed to go to an organization called “Artists Project Earth,” and more specifically to help victims of recent natural disasters in Haiti, Chili and Tibet. The album features song contributions from artists including Green Day, Wyclef Jean, and Bob Dylan.
In the case of Bob Dylan’s track, the song is A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall. Listening to the clip posted on the website, it seems that it’s Bob’s original acoustic recording from 1963, with overdubs of keyboards and brass and stuff, presumably courtesy of the musicians known as Rhythms del Mundo. Strange, but there you go. (… continue reading …)
Sunday, July 25, 2010
No Bob content, but a small Sunday reflection today is over at The Cinch Review.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Thanks very much to all for the notes regarding that last post.
Thanks in particular to Karen who writes: (… continue reading …)
Sunday, July 18, 2010
When, not very many years ago, I first read the great work, Confessions, by Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430), I recall being a little inwardly nonplussed at the fact that while reading it I was persistently put in mind of Bob Dylan. It often seemed as if Augustine were subtly echoing Dylan, or as if the lines in Confessions were ever-so-close to flowing right into one of his songs. I thought: Is this what it’s come to? Am I so deranged now, on account of listening so much to this old warbler from Hibbing, that I can’t even read a great piece of literature, completely unrelated to him, without his songs flitting in and out of my head?
And unquestionably I am so deranged, but, with hindsight, it’s not so hard to understand why my mind was making the kinds of connections it was. (… continue reading …)
Friday, July 16, 2010
There’s a new film, from Ireland, called Kisses. It concerns two Dublin city urchins who together escape their bleak domestic situations briefly, and is generously sprinkled with Bob Dylan music. I haven’t seen it, so I’m going by reports. The review at NPR.org is accompanied by clips to give you a flavor of it. (… continue reading …)
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Thanks to Bob W. who writes:
I must admit your headline “Bob Dylan Obit” shook me a little….ha! Thanks for posting the link. The quote with its equation of Dylan to great poets like Keats etc., made me think of “Dylan and the Nobel” by Gordon Ball which, as I’m sure you know, is a defense of his nomination of Dylan for the Nobel prize. Great read for all unfamiliar Dylan fans…others too. (… continue reading …)
- A ray of reality in Oslo
- Peace in our time: Obama wins the Nobel Prize
- Paul Krugman “close to giving up on Mr. Obama”
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
There’s an exceptional article on Dylan — in particular latter day Dylan — written by Robert Roper, in an online magazine called Obit today. Thanks a lot to Karen for the link. It’s called Bob Dylan: Together Through Life.
While the Baby Boomers were busy building their ordinary lives, buying vacation homes and packing their IRA’s with ready dough, then getting foreclosed on a lot of those houses and seeing a third of the value of their pensions disappear overnight, Dylan was off somewhere shaking his head, sucking an eye-tooth, pulling at that mean little moustache he wears these days. He’s not surprised. Bad news is to be expected. Life is about harm, the collapse of hope; and then, at the very end, that unavoidable date with the Reaper. Whoopee! Thanks a lot, Bob! We needed to hear that. (… continue reading …)
- Smeaton comes to New York
- Bob Dylan awarded “National Medal of Arts” by President Obama
- “Has anybody here seen my old friend John?”
Monday, July 12, 2010
Thanks to Seamus for his e-mail:
Do you keep up with Dylan the Younger’s work? His last three albums have songs on them which, while not overtly political, show tremendous respect for the military. In fact, in my opinion it goes beyond respect. If I didn’t know he was Bob Dylan’s son, and therefore unlikely to have served in the military, I would guess the writer of songs like “Days of Wonder”, “Back To California”, “War Is Kind”, and “Valley of the Low Sun” had deployed to the desert a time or two. He captures very well the combination of weariness and determination, of frustration and pride, that Marines and soldiers know so well. (… continue reading …)
… but you don’t know what it is — do you, Mister Jones?
Sunday, July 11, 2010
A much-more-than-serviceable cover version, I think, of Bob Dylan’s When He Returns, is the one below from John Lee Sanders. (… continue reading …)
Sunday, July 4, 2010
… to America. To mark Independence Day, you sure can’t beat the dulcet tones of James Cagney, singing George M. Cohan’s You’re A Grand Old Flag. (… continue reading …)
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