We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
There's a poll at the above WSJ link asking participants which music artist should retire- among the list - Neil (you ain't) Young, Carly Simon, Paul Mc Cartney and JT. My vote is "ABD" (Anybody But Dylan.) Follow the link for Dylan to wish you a Merry Christmas
Jack, he did in fact sing Girl from the North Country with Johnny Cash. When it first came out, I wore out the 45. It was, and still is beautiful.
Cilla Mitchell, Galveston Texas
Hey - if the guy wants to tour, then let him tour. If people want to see him perform, then they will pay for the priviledge. Heck, people still go to Springsteen concerts and he never could sing in the first place, never mind now (I'm not a Springsteen fan at all).
Part of it depends on the venue and who is running the sound board. I saw BB King three years ago in a small setting at Foxwoods and the opening band was horrible - the sound engineer was a moron - the speakers/mikes and instruments were not mixed properly and unbalanced - just a mess. And that band was pretty good - I know three of the five members - but they sounded like crack addled ferrets stuffed into a metal trash can. Then BB arrived up with his band and the sound was perfect - a different engineer who knew what he was doing.
Dylan said in an interview on 60 minutes with that bradley guy back in '04 I think that God gave him a gift and his touring and playing 100+ nights per year was the only way he could figger to repay the gift...
they don't call it The Neverending Tour for nuthin'...
To the WSJ (and anyone else) - folks should retire when they no longer enjoy doing what they are doing. entertainers should consider same when people quit coming to their performances .... it 's on one else's business.