Friday, January 8, 2010

Random 10 1/8/2010


In Dreams Roy Orbison
This Wheel's On Fire The Band
Dust My Broom Elmore James
I Should Be Allowed To Think They Might Be Giants
Tired Of Waiting The Kinks
The Green Song Anne Sophie Van Otter and Elvis Costello
Georgia Lee Tom Waits
Tears Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli
Choo Choo Ch'Boogie Louis Jordan
Lonesome Day Blues Bob Dylan

There's a lot a great tunes this week and all of them can be found on The You Tubes, but as you might expect from the picture, the featured song is Bob Dylan's Lonesome Day Blues, from his 2001 album "Love And Theft".

It's easy to mock Dylan. In this picture, he looks like a hobo vampire who just ate a hair stylist. On NPR, the review of this year's Christmas album had the great line, "Bob Dylan is the only person who can make I'll Be Home For Christmas sound like a threat." But let us stipulate this. This motherfucker can write songs. He could write them in the 1960s and he still can today. (The song The Band sings on the list is one of his.)

Some people can't stand his voice. That's understandable. It doesn't bother me, but I'm keen on Tom Waits, so I might not be the best judge. Even if you don't like his voice click on the YouTube link and listen to the first thirty seconds of intro before he sings. His band, Larry Campbell and Charlie Sexton on guitars, Tony Garnier on bass and David Kemper on drums, are a tight a combo as you could want, and this is a fantastic twelve bar blues variation. In his autobiography Chronicles, Dylan says that if he knew then what he knows now, he would have used the triplet rhythm a lot more than he did, maybe even use it exclusively. It's not like he never used it back in the day. Rainy Day Women 12 and 35 is all about the triplet. But listen to Lonesome Day Blues and hear the way the song is driven forward. When a man's mind is stripped down to nothing and all he wants is sex, this is what the inside of his brain sounds like.

No disrespect to the other great artists on the list today. There's not a weak song in the ten as far as I'm concerned. But let me close with this.

Well, today has been a sad and a lonesome day,
Well, today has been a sad and a lonesome day,
I'm just sittin' here thinkin' with my mind a million miles away.


Yay, Flags Of Many Lands™! Yay, Djibouti!
Yet another African flag is added to the list, a small coutry overlooking the Bab-El-Mandeb strait that connects the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

Why would someone in Djibouti wander the Web and come to my blog? Giant women, of course.

Welcome, Brother!

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