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.
The Dylanologist rolled into town on a ferris wheel yesterday, and managed to find some black market tix for Dylan's last performance of his touring season this year. The Dyl threw me in the horseless carriage and we drove down, through mid-town Manhattan,
and past the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree (covered with scaffolding for the lighting), and down to Times Square to get the tickets from the scalper ticket agent,
then down to 34th street,
only to find that the ticket guy had already sent their left-over tickets way the heck uptown to the theater in now (largely-Hispanic) Washington Heights (where the Brits defeated Washington's army), so we had to turn around back north to do a cell-phone rendezvous in front of a restaurant across the street from the place (after finally finding a place to stow the car). The United Palace Theater on Broadway and 175th st:
Here's our photo of the lobby of the 77 year-old Loew's movie and vaudeville palace as people were leaving, (recently restored by the current owners, Christ United Church):
And here's the theater's (church's) photo of their splendid interior, minus people:
And here's Bob last night on the piano (we smuggled a camera in, but it seems impossible to get good rock concert photos):
Standouts were Thunder on the Mountain, Highway 61, Spirit on the Water, Ain't Talkin', and an acoustic Tomorrow is a Long time. They did a cheerful two-hour performance, and ended with Blowin' in the Wind with Bob on acoustic.
Have seen only one band with Bob: Tom Petty and Heartbreakers, and they were abfab! Dylan is a really wonderful musician although it is his lyrics that made his reputation. The fact that he is still out there making great music after all these years says it all for me. The left has always tried to co-opt Dylan but has never really succeeded. I cannot see Dylan ever making an ass out of himself a la Madonna, Barbra, Springsteen, and so many other intellectual lightweights on the music scene. Dylan is a true artist, beholden to no one or no one point of view, and has risen to a higher status as a result.