Tag Archives: Bob Dylan

I Can’t Sleep

It’s almost 1AM and my alarms is set for 6:15. I tried to sleep for an hour, but ended up just giving up. I’ve got too much on my mind grapes, I guess.

So here’s my “I’m tired and I want to go to sleep, but can’t” playlist.

The Avett Brothers “Go to Sleep”

obvious.

The Beatles “I’m So Tired”

One of my favorites from the second side of the White Album

Durutti Column “Sleep Will Come”

Bright Eyes “Lua”

This is such a 3AM song to me.

Bob Dylan  “When the Deal Goes Down”

I just like the line “in the still of the night”

Bob Dylan “Not Dark Yet”

Last Dylan song, I swear.

Tom Waits “Warm Beer and Cold Women”

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Random Bob Dylan Video

I’m not a particularly huge Joan Baez fan, but I love how she sings Percy’s Song in Dont Look Back. Plus I love that Bob’s a huge asshole in this clip and keeps typing while she’s singing.

*Bonus video of Bob showing Donovan what’s up. It’s all over now, Baby Blue

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End of the Week Playlist

My friend Emily gave me the idea of making a playlist at the end of the week of the songs I’ve been listening to. Since I no longer do song of the day posts, it seemed like a good idea (and way easier) to do one post at the end of the week. I’ve been putting my itunes on shuffle a lot recently, so my songs of the week are a little rando.

Song #1 Destroy Everything You Touch by Ladytron

I was reminded of this song when I watched the first part of The September Issue this song underscores a montage of runway shows that AW goes to see.

Song #2 Made in America by Kanye West & Jay-Z ft. Frank Ocean

My current favorite off Watch the Throne

Song #3 One Day More (Original Cast) from the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert

Chills.

Song #4 I’ll Keep it with Mine by Bob Dylan

Obligatory Dylan song. I have to belt out this song when I hear it. “But if I can save you any time/come on give to me, I’ll keep it with mine”

Song #5 Ashokan Farewell

Obviously, because I’m a weirdo.

Song #6 New York, New York by Frank Sinatra

Not because the Giants won the superbowl or anything, but because it’s what my roommate and I like to sing when we’re living life theatrically.

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The Best Album of All Time

Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks, 1975

“Everyone one of them words rang true/and glowed like burning coal/pouring off of every page/ like it was written in my soul from me to you” (Tangled Up in Blue)

I can answer the “what’s your favorite album” question (if anyone really asks that question of normal people that aren’t famous musicians) without any hesitation. It’s a forgone conclusion that it would have to be Bob Dylan record, and Blood on the Tracks, to me, stands out amongst Dylan’s many other great albums. I know it’s Bob’s “break up album”, but that doesn’t really concern me. To me, it’s Bob’s most vulnerable recording. I don’t care if they’re all autobiographical songs, or all based on stories by Chekov (like Bob would later claim), but there is something so relatable and heart breaking to most of the songs on this album.  I think it’s Dylan wrestling with his own mortality, the fact that time passes and things change, whether we like them or not. Sure, ten years previously, Dylan wrote “the times they are a-changin’”, but that was a broad sense of time, of a new generation (of which he was a part) gaining the ascendency. But in songs like “You’re A Big Girl Now” Dylan sings, “time is a jet plane/it moves too fast/oh but what a shame that all we shared can’t last/I can change I swear”. It is a mournful recognition of the passage of time.

It’s hard for me to pick out stand out tracks on this album, because the order in which they are played contributes so much to the atmosphere of the album. Has there ever been a better opening four songs than Tangled up in Blue, Simple Twist of Fate, You’re A Big Girl Now, and Idiot Wind? But for me, the two songs I could listen to forever are Simple Twist of Fate (my all-time favorite song) and Shelter From the Storm. Maybe I connect more with their resigned, introspective flavor vs. the vindictive and angry (but still amazing) Idiot Wind or the film-like Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts.

Dylan singing a slightly different than the album version of Simple Twist of Fate

Shelter from the Storm from the Hard Rain Concert

 

 

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Random Bob Dylan Picture of the Day

Found these on the Dylan fansite expectingrain. I’ve been digging 1966 era Bob recently. 

Look at The HAIR! The striped pants! Even Bobby can’t help checking himself out.

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Style Icon: Bob Dylan

Okay, so awkward that like half of my first posts are about Bobby D, but whatever I’m an obsessive fan. I know most people think of Dylan as the guy with the crazy jew fro back in the sixties, or the old man who looks like his face is melting today,but in my mind he’s a veritable style icon. I mean look at him, mixing prints like a pro. Polka dots and stripes together are not for the style challenged.

I love this photo. Plus it highlights that Bob knew how to work accessories into an ensemble. Houndstooth scarf+ killer sunglasses=a major look

Rolling Thunder era Bob is my favorite musically and sartorially. I loved the hats and the scarves (accessories!) and how well Bob layered all his clothing. Henley, vest, coats, hats, jewelry, his outfits weren’t at all simple, but they worked. I like that the addition of an amazing hat took the outfit from street style to stage (oh and some white face, obvi). I especially love the vest he’s wearing in this picture. I think vests are underutilized, and Bob demonstrates how they can be a structuring element for an otherwise loose outfit.

Amazing.

I had to include an example of modern Bob. The gentleman-cowboy, it totally fits his late period association with “the old, weird America”. Not a huge fan of the mustache, but this photo just emphasizes the absolute fact that Bobby can freakin’ rock a hat. Plus I’ve always liked the idea of a collared shirt underneath a collared shirt. Bobby loves layers.

hot.

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