Posts tagged "Bob Dylan"


Bob Dylan on the Christmas Craze

It seems that Dylan might have written Russ’s entry! As the list gets longer (“Ho ho ho”, beard that’s white, cherry nose, reindeer sleigh, and so on, and so on), the pace gets quicker, and the party gets rowdier. Watch as the classic mood goes from jovial festivity–arm-swinging good times–to a violent barrage of shattering nog glasses and chandelier swinging. I love the shrug at the end. What are you gonna do? What can be done?

It seems that Christmas brings out the best in us.

PZ’s Podcast This Week: The British Invasion

PZ’s Podcast This Week: The British Invasion

Today two new talks have been published on “PZ’s Podcast” (Subscribe free on iTunes.)

The first is entitled The Browning Version and concerns a 1951 movie starring Michael Redgrave and written by Terence Rattigan, which is based on Rattigan’s 1948 play.

It is about a man who must lose his life in order to gain it. The material connects directly with the 25th Chorus of “Mexico City Blues”:

Is my own, is your own,
Is not Owned by Self-Owner
but found by Self-Loser –
Old Ancient Teaching

This podcast is dedicated to David Browder.

The second cast for this week is called “‘Man Gave Names…

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Thursday Afternoon Blues: Blind Willie McTell and Mark Miller

Thursday Afternoon Blues: Blind Willie McTell and Mark Miller

Mockingbird friend Mark Miller has just released an amazing record called “Ain’t It Grand: The Gospel Songs of Blind Willie McTell.” It’s really quite astonishing – gospel blues of the highest order with some jaw-dropping slide guitar. Get your copy today, and then tell everyone you know! We need to support this very worthy project. The music speaks for itself, as do Mark’s powerful liner notes:

My fascination with the music and life of Blind Willie McTell began on a seemingly mundane Tuesday morning in September 2009. I was searching through my iTunes for songs when a title that both intrigued…

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Rating Our Lives Away: Van Halen, Stone Temple Pilots and Bob Dylan’s Street Legal

Rating Our Lives Away: Van Halen, Stone Temple Pilots and Bob Dylan’s Street Legal

In 1994, Chuck Klosterman wrote an insightful and very funny piece for Spin entitled “Give Me Centrism of Give Me Death!” where he argued:

If you are the kind of person who talks about music too much, there are two words that undoubtedly play an integral role in your workaday lexicon: “overrated” and “underrated.” This is because those two sentiments pop up in 90 percent of all musical discussions…

I am not interested in overrated and underrated bands. 

It’s too easy, and all it means is that somebody else was wrong. I’m obsessed with bands that are rated as accurately as…

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Maybe Rod Stewart Is Amazed By The Groom Still Waiting At The Altar

Maybe Rod Stewart Is Amazed By The Groom Still Waiting At The Altar

If you’re not a Rod Stewart fan, that’s understandable. Lord knows the man has given even his most faithful followers plenty of reasons to jump ship over the years, the least of which being his recent reinvention as Tony Bennett, Mach II. Greil Marcus once proclaimed, perhaps a little unfairly, that “no one in the history of popular music has more comprehensively betrayed their talent than Rod Stewart.” Indeed, it is increasingly difficult to believe that there was period of time between 1968 and 1975 when Rod made some of the most glorious music the idiom has ever produced. His…

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Another Reason To Buy Bob Dylan’s Christmas In The Heart

Another Reason To Buy Bob Dylan’s Christmas In The Heart

From an interview he did with the North American Street Newspaper Association last week in support of Christmas In The Heart. The entire interview is very much worth reading, but for our purposes, the clear highlight is:

Interviewer: You really give a heroic performance of O’ LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM. The way you do it reminds me a little of an Irish rebel song. There’s something almost defiant in the way you sing, “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.” I don’t want to put you on the spot, but you sure deliver that…

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November Playlist

November Playlist

Pretty heavy on the classic rock this time. Happy belated Thanksgiving:

1. Heroes And Villains – The Beach Boys
2. Just Another Whistle Stop – The Band
3. Caribbean Wind – Bob Dylan
4. The Cross – Prince
5. Space Age Mom – Damien Jurado
6. Apple Of My Eye – Badfinger
7. Everytime I Itch I Wind Up Scratching You – Glen Campbell
8. Better Things – The Kinks
9. September Gurls – Big Star
10. Love Is The Law – The Seahorses
11. I Want Love – Elton John
12. Glorious Day – Embrace
13. Rue The Day – The Walkmen
14. God’s Comic – Elvis Costello
15. The Mercy Seat – Johnny…

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Another Week Ends: Kierkegaard, Suicidal Pastors, Andre Agassi, Rick Warren, Weezer, Julian C, BSG

Another Week Ends: Kierkegaard, Suicidal Pastors, Andre Agassi, Rick Warren, Weezer, Julian C, BSG

1. A very interesting blog post over at the NY Times entitled, “Kierkegaard, Despair and Depression”, the final paragraph of which is really something (ht Jeff Dean):

Each of us is subject to the weather of our own moods. Clearly, Kierkegaard thought that the darkling sky of his inner life was very much due to his father’s morbidity. But the issue of spiritual health looms up with regard to the way that we relate to our emotional lives. Again, for Kierkegaard, despair is not a feeling, but an attitude, a posture towards ourselves. The man who did not become Caesar, the…

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And Now… Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey (and Converted/De-Converted Rockers)

And Now… Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey (and Converted/De-Converted Rockers)

1. I was reminded over the weekend of the brilliance of Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey, a SNL treasure from the 90s if ever there was one. Some favorites, including a few with thematic relevance:

I think a good product would be “Baby Duck Hat”. It’s a fake baby duck, which you strap on top of your head. Then you go swimming underwater until you find a mommy duck and her babies, and you join them. Then, all of a sudden, you stand up out of the water and roar like Godzilla. Man, those ducks really take off! Also, Baby Duck…

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A Few Quick Mid-Week Links: Dylan, Holcomb, Stillman and Ebert

A Few Quick Mid-Week Links: Dylan, Holcomb, Stillman and Ebert

1. Bob Dylan has just announced his first ever Christmas album! The full tracklisting has yet to be revealed, but it has already been reported that “Christmas In The Heart” will feature at least one sacred tune, his version of Phillip Brooks’ “O Little Town Of Bethlehem”. It hits stores on October 13th and will benefit the charitable organization Feeding America.

2. Our very own Justin Holcomb posted an inspiring little anecdote of grace over at Common Grounds Online entitled “The Inverted World Of Grace”. I like to think of it as his tribute to the best show on TV right…

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The Trait That Trumps Intelligence

The Trait That Trumps Intelligence

No, no, not love. A lil’ mustard seed all Americans are born with called ‘grit,’ and are called on to grow and tone, and blossom in success. I got an email with a link to this article, “The Truth About Grit,” that introduces the importance of hard work with Isaac Newton’s story; he didn’t just discover gravity because of his intelligence. It took decades of work to map out his new theory scientifically and explain it to the people. A new school of scientists are attempting to track the traits of intelligence, talent and grit, and their relation to…

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U2: Seekers to Saints to Sinners to Saved (by Grace)–Part 3

U2: Seekers to Saints to Sinners to Saved (by Grace)–Part 3

Part 3: Sinners

Our four-part series on U2’s spiritual journey continues with a look at how the band dealt with the failure of their early aggressive form of Christianity. As we saw last time, their spiritual seeking had led them to a deep faith in Jesus. But it was in the context of an extremely legalistic community. They could not reconcile the grace they saw in Jesus with the rules-based living this community sought to enforce.

You can hear a lot of the ensuing doubt in the 1987 classic album, The Joshua Tree, especially in the super-obviously-titled, “I Still Haven’t Found What…

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