Bob Dylan + The Great American Songbook = True!

"These songs are some of the most heartbreaking stuff ever put on record and I wanted to do them justice. Now that I have lived them and lived through them I understand them better. They take you out of that mainstream grind where you’re trapped between differences which might seem different but are essentially the … Continue reading Bob Dylan + The Great American Songbook = True!

Don´t The Singing Brakeman Look Good? – A Blazing Star – Jimmie Rodgers.

"Jimmie Rodgers of course is one of the guiding lights of the Twentieth Century whose way with song has always been an inspiration to those of us who have followed the path. A blazing star whose sound was and remains the raw essence of individuality in a sea of conformity, par excellence with no equal." … Continue reading Don´t The Singing Brakeman Look Good? – A Blazing Star – Jimmie Rodgers.

Making the internal world work better. The Songs & Voice of Iris DeMent.

"I think she is one of the greatest singers I have ever heard in my life. I heard her on my tribute, went out and bought what was available, which was two albums. Found out she’s a new artist and she can’t get played because she’s too goddamned good. She’s got too much to say, … Continue reading Making the internal world work better. The Songs & Voice of Iris DeMent.

“Name me someone that’s not a parasite and I’ll go out and say a prayer for him.” About Bob Dylan´s Nobel Lecture, Part Two.

”I believe these things are true about Dylan, as they are true about any genius: He is unstoppable. “He” is both an individual and a medium, a process by which certain energies are released, and the “he”—the man, Bob Dylan—arranges and invents and occasionally exploits the forms in which these energies are released. As fast … Continue reading “Name me someone that’s not a parasite and I’ll go out and say a prayer for him.” About Bob Dylan´s Nobel Lecture, Part Two.

Defying Gravity. About Jesse Winchester.

“Have you talked to Jesse Winchester? You can’t talk about the best songwriters and not include him.” (Bob Dylan) There´s a lot of room under the radar. That´s mostly okay, but some artists definitively should be embraced by it. Like Jesse Winchester. Like Bill Flanagan said about him: “I don’t know anyone who dislikes Jesse Winchester’s … Continue reading Defying Gravity. About Jesse Winchester.

Forever Young. The Voice of Steve Young.

According to Waylon Jennings, Steve Young was the second best country singer in the world, second only to George Jones. Waylon should know, he also one of the best. The only difference is that Steve Young might be one of the most overlooked singer/songwriters and country singers that we ever knew. In fact, one of … Continue reading Forever Young. The Voice of Steve Young.

About Bob Dylan´s Nobel lecture. “Sing in me, oh Muse, and through me tell the story.”

It is not without a certain interest that I follow the norwegian journalist Robert Hoftun Gjestad's writings related to Bob Dylan, in "Aftenposten". About the lecture he makes a headline about that it is boring and not interesting. In this last case, I simply can not help myself, even after counting to 100, I just … Continue reading About Bob Dylan´s Nobel lecture. “Sing in me, oh Muse, and through me tell the story.”

Om Bob Dylans nobelforedrag. Replikk til Aftenpostens omtale.

Det er ikke uten en viss interesse at jeg følger med Robert Hoftun Gjestads skriverier knyttet til Bob Dylan. Omtalene av de to siste albumene har hatt de fengende overskriftene ”Nok av dette nå, Dylan” og, da Dylan ikke ville høre etter, ”En tidvis nitrist Dylan”. Prikken over I-en settes med dagens omtale av Dylans … Continue reading Om Bob Dylans nobelforedrag. Replikk til Aftenpostens omtale.

A Voice From On High – Diana Jones.

I´m really not a religious person. Still I believe in the soul and its irremediable loneliness. Never more so than when I hear the great singing voices. Like the voice of Diana Jones. Her name sounds like it´s taken from a cartoon or a spy in an action thriller, or maybe from an old american ballad from … Continue reading A Voice From On High – Diana Jones.

A country song in her own right – Mary Gauthier.

I remember it well. The year was 1999 and I held a record in my hand. There was this strange blurry picture of a woman, I couldn´t see if she was twenty or sixty-four by the picture. I had to turn the cd to see the title properly and I never had heard of her … Continue reading A country song in her own right – Mary Gauthier.