From An Observer’s Testament – “False Prophet”, Bob Dylan 2020

"Oh, hear this Robert ZimmermanI wrote a song for youAbout a strange young man called DylanWith a voice like sand and glueSome words had truthful vengeanceThat could pin us to the floorBrought a few more people onAnd put the fear in a whole lot more"(From "Song To Bob Dylan", David Bowie) While false prophets tries … Continue reading From An Observer’s Testament – “False Prophet”, Bob Dylan 2020

“Sitting Simply In That Room Again” – About the podcast “Is It Rolling, Bob? Talking Dylan”

It's night time in the big city, and I'm listening to McMillan, Talking Bob Dylan, about the phrase-makers king and the way he can sing.I'm listening to Jeff Slate, raving about the great singer Bob Dylan, singing his ass off in his Great American Songbook Project. I'm listening to Andrew Male speaking about "The Man … Continue reading “Sitting Simply In That Room Again” – About the podcast “Is It Rolling, Bob? Talking Dylan”

From An Observer’s Testament – “I Contain Multitudes”, Bob Dylan, 2020

"Agonies are one of my changes of garments,I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person,My hurts turn livid upon me as I lean on a cane and observe." "It is you talking just as much as myself, I act as the tongue of you,Tied in your mouth, … Continue reading From An Observer’s Testament – “I Contain Multitudes”, Bob Dylan, 2020

Play “Pictures From Life’s Other Side”! – Hank Williams – His “Mother’s Best Recordings”, BMG 2020.

“But I learned t´chose my idols wellT´be my voice and tell my taleAn´help me fight my phantom brawlAn´my first idol was Hank WilliamsFor he sang about the railroad linesAn´the iron bars an´rattlin´wheelsLeft no doubt that they were real´.”(Bob Dylan in Liner notes to "Joan Baez in concert, Part 2", 1963) “Every time I hear Hank … Continue reading Play “Pictures From Life’s Other Side”! – Hank Williams – His “Mother’s Best Recordings”, BMG 2020.

“If you wanna remember, you better write down the names…”

And so we did, many of us. The words to Bob Dylan's "Murder Most Foul", and an incomplete set of links to some of the songs, artists and other references maybe pointed to in the lyrics. Errors may occur. 'Twas a dark day in Dallas - November ’63A day that will live on in infamyPresident Kennedy was … Continue reading “If you wanna remember, you better write down the names…”

“What Is The Truth? Where Did It Go?” About “Murder Most Foul”, Bob Dylan, 2020

"Play Murder Most Foul!" It's the end of the song. Not just any song. Just when we needed it most, like a thief in the night, out of the blue, Bob Dylan, the spokesman for every generation, shared a song for any old time. Like a gift in the night. To help us make it … Continue reading “What Is The Truth? Where Did It Go?” About “Murder Most Foul”, Bob Dylan, 2020

“Forever John” – John Prine i Konserthuset, Oslo, 9.2.2020.

"Das Konsert an sich" & "Das Konsert für mich", kan som kjent være to helt forskjellige ting – eller kan det egentlig det?På samme måte som musikk i sin alminnelighet kan treffe oss ulike steder i kroppen, hjertet eller hodet om vi er tjue eller femti, bærer «für mich» en sannhet som vanskelig kan diskuteres … Continue reading “Forever John” – John Prine i Konserthuset, Oslo, 9.2.2020.

“With his memories in a trunk” – Bob Dylan – 50th Anniversary Collection 1969

Out of the blue, early December 2019, Badlands Online announced a strictly limited version, exclusively UK release of Bob Dylan's 50th Anniversary Collection from the days of 1969, just a month after the release of "Travelin Thru, 1967-69, Bootleg Series Vol 15" (which I posted about both before and after the release). The few sets … Continue reading “With his memories in a trunk” – Bob Dylan – 50th Anniversary Collection 1969

“I’m a-leavin’ tomorrow, but I could leave today” – Bob Dylan at Beacon Theatre, 6th of December, 2019

It sure has been one helluva ride since the young Bob Zimmerman came ramblin' outa the wild west, a thousand miles from home, and into the freezing New York in January 1961. As he himself puts it in Chronicles: "The biting wind hit me in the face. At last I was here, in New York … Continue reading “I’m a-leavin’ tomorrow, but I could leave today” – Bob Dylan at Beacon Theatre, 6th of December, 2019

“He Was An Outlaw, So Sad, But True” – Bob Dylan at Beacon Theatre, 5th of Desember, 2019

Why do we need "Lenny Bruce" today? Maybe because the question really is: Why do we need Lenny Bruce today? Surely one of the highlights of every show this fall, and indeed of those three shows I've seen this week, "Lenny Bruce" rings true like never before, Dylan fully integrates the three brothers Ethos, Pathos, … Continue reading “He Was An Outlaw, So Sad, But True” – Bob Dylan at Beacon Theatre, 5th of Desember, 2019