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Saturday, October 4. 2008
Tell Tale Signs, a new collection of Dylan rare recordings and outtakes, will be released on Oct. 7.
Lots of streaming samples from the record at the NPR preview above.
Be sure to listen to the earlier version of Time Out of Mind's masterpiece Mississippi.
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And Theme Time Radio Hour begins Season 3 on Wednesday. I have to wait until Sunday to catch the replay, but it's nice to have another season to look forward to.
The youngest is at this very moment trying to get started with a term paper --topic is the album (and the songs) 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan' --what impact it might have had on the world.
Nice narrow subject.
Anybody with any helpful URLs, i'm sure she'd greatly appreciate 'em!
Urls? I dunno. Probably 10,000 term papers on the subject out there.
On the world? Hmmm. Not much. I know - I was there! He wanted to be hip and popular, and to reflect some of the contemporary zeitgeist in a less-antique folk idiom.
On pop music? Plenty. Brought Folk out of the coffee houses and into the modern world, and established Bob as a hugely inventive songwriting star (mainly to the congoscenti).
By the way, how many top ten hits did Dylan make?
yeh --i have that congoscenti too, especially after a safari --a bath and some Right Guard will fix ya right up!
top ten --first guess, none. In fact that's one of the kiddo's points --how that Freewheelin' album contained both 'Blowin in the Wind' and 'Hard Rain's Gonna Fall', and how the former was his firsdt popular crossover breakout, and how the latter --tho a contemporaneous release --didn't gain ground until much later, after the Cuban Missile Crisis got folks to thinking about what 'hard rain' could be.
Hard rain is a general-purpose apocalyptic image. (Gotta watch my typos with you, BL). The way blues uses floods. Biblical. I doubt very much that he was thinking politically. Remember, he liked Barry Goldwater. Said so in Chronicles. Never was a peacenik hippie. Always just his own strange being, steeped in the old stuff and the old songs, and trying to stick with the strong stuff.
Lots of good bios of Bob. Internet not the place to find this sort of good stuff.
Go to rightwingbob and do a search on the album title; many relevant posts.
The First Things link will provide some interesting backgorund on Dylan and the Catholic Church/Christian faith, not sure if that is helpful.
Also, those of you who don't know, Theme Time and Dream Time are available here... http://www.dylanradio.com/
"Like a Rolling Stone" was his first hit. I remember everyone talking about how long it was. It wasn't long before people got over a six-minute song played on radio and started listening to the words that 'everyone' realized this was something different, unique and out of what was then mainstream Beatles and Rolling Stones rock 'n roll.
I remember years later talking with a Dylan-fan friend of mine and we, who used to write notes using nothing but Dylan lines, realized he gave us permission to think. That is, anyone who listened. It was as if he demanded we think, that that was the only way to live - to think for yourself.
(That is too esoteric, but I don't know how to bring it on down to soulsville.)(I do believe it, still. Dylan let us know we had to think for ourselves.)
Songs weren't 'spose to make ya think. Songs were "How much is that Doggie in the Window", "Flying Purple People Eater" and "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini".
Don't forget The Ballad of Davy Crocket.
I was thinking after I tried to express myself up yonder that Dylan just got into our heads. The hippies were in full glory but they were overwhelming, and then Dylan stole quietly onto the scene with a different kind of rebellion for those who were products of the fifties and doing what our parents told us to do and doing it without thought of straying off-course. Dylan was as rebellious as the whole revolution, but he used poetry to music to change the way we thought. He was liberating without making those of us who were too young to be hippies and those who couldn't be hippies but believed in them, and those who didn't like the hippies but knew something had to change free to grasp the rebellion privately and ...odd enough to say, with amazement that some guy was changing mindsets through music and all you had to do was listen.
"When your mother sends back all of your invitations"
You don't not think about that. (Or hundreds of other lines...)
Yep --and that girl who was always so hard to understand --the one he first sang to in 'like a rolling stone' --that is Universal Woman. The same one Nat King Cole questioned in the otherworldly "Mona Lisa".
You never understood that it ain't no good
You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you
"With half-damp eyes I stared to the room
where my friends and I spent many an afternoon
where we together weathered many a storm
laughing and singing 'till the early hours of the morn
With hungry hearts though the heat and cold
we never much thought we could get very old
we thought we could sit forever in fun
but our chances, really, was a million to one
As easy it was to tell black from white
it was all that easy to tell wrong from right
and our choices, they were few, so the thought never hit
that the one road we traveled would ever shatter or split
I wish, I wish, I wish in vain
that we could sit simply in that room again
ten thousand dollars at the drop of a hat
I'd give it all gladly if our lives could be like that"
jeez, Buddy. That one is killer.
"and our choices, they were few, so the thought never hit
that the one road we traveled would ever shatter or split
You nailed it.
yeh --wish i hadn't tho --gave me a lump in the throat. damn.
interesting essay, popped up when searching the lyrics for "Bob Dylan's Dream"
Good essay. Did you read the comments?
I loved this from a commenter:
"And what I think is that, while activism and accomplishments are an aspect of our identity, what we really need, what we want to know in the end, what will be our legacy, is that we had PASSION, and that we found a way to be true to it." [K.Crone]
it IS a good comment --tho i could do without that past-tense.
we march into the future past tents (yuk yuk)
Thanks, Pajak --got 'em & they are in play --appreciate the help --
Oh, my darling Buddy - Have you read "Killer Angels" yet? Your quip at the end there reminds of the soldiers marching past their tents into Gettysburg's certain future.
(I know you haven't read it, you lizard. You're afraid. And I don't blame you.)
well, you got me there --i have a copy --but haven't read it --yet --don't give up on me --i come from the procrastination nation --(thanks for that 'darling' --made me all chesty!). I will i will iwill read it --as you say, it's in tents & not to be canvassed lightly.