Saturday, February 28, 2015

From the vaults A trip up a hill in 2006

Five o’clock exact – Dave and Jim show up – all of us ever pressing time – they, eating fiddlefaddle and calling out for wine. We hug, up from Union Square, natty drakish doorman in red and pontoons – there is a Dump Bush Demonstration in the Square -- pretty much like old days but for four or five helicopters hovering overhead. It is night of State of the Union. “Up for the demonstration?!” say I. “No, dinner!” is the answer. And we are off. Sent on our way in the Francis Drake Derby. To read the rest of the story ... 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Sensible Bob

I call this Sensible Bob because my friend Gordon Thomas said: What's with this guy being so sensible all of a sudden?" It is a wonder - wonderful we have it as he tells more about how he views art and business than in any one place. Bob Dylan's MusiCares person of the year acceptance speech begins:


I'm glad for my songs to be honored like this. But you know, they didn't get here by themselves. It's been a long road and it's taken a lot of doing. These songs of mine, they're like mystery stories, the kind that Shakespeare saw when he was growing up. I think you could trace what I do back that far. They were on the fringes then, and I think they're on the fringes now. And they sound like they've been on the hard ground. 

Full transcript Bob Dylan's MusicCares Person of Year Speech 2015- LA Times


And here's a neat addenda with Bill Flanagan - I was sure he was getting big laughs with the "Why Me Lord" stuff and this confirms it. I imagine he had his Charlie Chaplin look. In this add-on he says some nice, worthwhile things about the late Willy DeVille (who I put ahead of Bruce Springsteen, if you want to know.)

I NOTICED THAT SOME PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT AT THE EVENT READ THE TRANSCRIPT OF YOUR SPEECH AND DIDN’T GET THAT SOME OF IT WAS TONGUE IN CHEEK. WHEN YOU SAID, “WHY ME, LORD?” IN THE ROOM YOU WERE LAUGHING AND SO WAS THE AUDIENCE. IN PRINT, SOME PEOPLE THOUGHT IT WAS ALL SERIOUS.

Yeah, well you had to be there.


Read more: http://www.bobdylan.com/us/news/post-musicares-conversation-bill-flanagan#ixzz3Rkzy5Ucy

Another linchpin in the sensible parade is the AARP interiew coinciding with Shadows in the Night release.
http://www.bobdylan.com/us/news/read-bob-dylans-complete-interview-aarp-magazine


Q: A lot of your newer songs deal with aging. You once said that people don’t retire, they fade away, they run out of steam. And now you’re 73, you’re a great-grandfather.

A: Look, you get older. Passion is a young man’s game, OK? Young people can be passionate. Older people gotta be more wise. I mean, you’re around awhile, you leave certain things to the young and you don’t try to act like you’re young. You could really hurt yourself.

Read interview at http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/style-trends/info-2015/bob-dylan-aarp-the-magazine-full-interview.html

Also see
http://moontravellerherald.blogspot.com/search/label/dylan
http://moontravellerherald.blogspot.com/search?q=dylan

Friday, February 06, 2015

Nova Cash Scapula



His brother Roy cowrote I still miss someone. In the school morque there was the Herald with news of Burroughs and Mexico. These things came together, were hung on a ribbon. THus it took form Remembrant of scapula we’d buy in 2nd grade to get to heaven and I gave this to Jeff DeMark a year ago to honor his art and his heart.

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