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Dust In The Wind

On September 1st, my friend and sister-in-law passed away from cancer at the age of 28. I don’t have many of my own sentiments to report. It is saddening and surreal at the same time. My sister and I both agreed that this is probably the worst thing that has happened to our family. That is both a blessing and a curse, or to put it in my own terms, good fortune and bad. Bad for the obvious reasons, but good because it probably means that my family has been able to avoid the struggles that many others have faced. I had never been to a funeral until a week ago: not for any uncle, aunt, cousin, brother, sister, parent, or even grandparent. I didn’t expect that to last very long, but I certainly never expected that streak to end with someone so young.

Here is my tribute to Lindsey. Ideally I would choose just one song but I couldn’t help myself. The first song was written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon and was recently ranked the fifth greatest Beatles song of all time by Rolling Stones Magazine. The second song was written by Dave Matthews for his sister. Here’s to you girl.

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Dylan Again

A kick-ass song. Often considered to be the greatest song of all time.

“I wrote it. I didn’t fail. It was straight,” Bob Dylan said of his greatest song shortly after he wrote and recorded it in June 1965. There is no better description of “Like a Rolling Stone” — of its revolutionary design and execution — or of the young man, just turned twenty-four, who created it.

Al Kooper, who played organ on the session, remembers today, “There was no sheet music, it was totally by ear. And it was totally disorganized, totally punk. It just happened.”

To this day, the most stunning thing about “Like a Rolling Stone” is the abundance of precedent: the impressionist voltage of Dylan’s language, the intensely personal accusation in his voice (“Ho-o-o-ow does it fe-e-e-el?”), the apocalyptic charge of Kooper’s garage-gospel organ and Mike Bloomfield’s stiletto-sharp spirals of Telecaster guitar, the defiant six-minute length of the June 16th master take. No other pop song has so thoroughly challenged and transformed the commercial laws and artistic conventions of its time, for all time.

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Bob Dylan: A (Counter) Cultural Icon

09/25/2009 8 comments

Just some music from a fellow Minnesotan and a man Rolling Stones Magazine considers to be the second greatest music artist of all time:

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QotD: Favorite Beatles Song

What’s your favorite Beatles song? Bonus points if you share it with us.

Probably have to go with:

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Christmas Song You Won’t Hear In Church

I know it’s not Christmas yet but here’s an awesome song by Dave concerning a good man. Soft and beautiful.

She was his girl; he was her boyfriend
She be his wife; make him her husband
A surprise on the way, any day, any day
One healthy little giggling dribbling baby boy
The wise men came three made their way
To shower him with love
While he lay in the hay
Shower him with love love love
Love love love
Love love is all around

Not very much of his childhood was known
Kept his mother Mary worried
Always out on his own
He met another Mary who for a reasonable fee, less than
Reputable was known to be
His heart was full of love love love
Love love love
Love love is all around

When Jesus Christ was nailed to the his tree
Said “oh, Daddy-o I can see how it all soon will be
I came to shed a little light on this darkening scene
Instead I fear I spilled the blood of my children all around”
The blood of our children all around
The blood of our children all around
The blood of our children all around

So I’m told, so the story goes
The people he knew were
Less than golden hearted
Gamblers and robbers
Drinkers and jokers, all soul searchers
Like you and me

Rumors insisted he soon would be
For his deviations
Taken into custody by the authorities
Less informed than he.
Drinkers and jokers. all soul searchers
Searching for love love love
Love love love
Love love is all around

Preparations were made
For his celebration day
He said “eat this bread and think of it as me
Drink this wine and dream it will be
The blood of our children all around
The blood of our children all around
The blood of our children all around”

Father up above, why in all this anger have you fill
Me up with love
Fill me love love love
Love love love
Love love
And the blood of our children all around

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QotD: Biggest Obstacle in the Last 24 Hours

06/16/2009 14 comments

What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome within the last 24 hours?
Submitted by ILoveYouMr.Dragon.

Keepin her off my mind.

That’s been the answer to this question for a long damn time.

Here’s a lovely, sexy song just for the hell of it. Played in seven part-time (hence its name). Wtf?

Mama told me boy someday that girl will steal your mind and then you’ll know
I never knew but I do now
I never knew but I do now

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Songs about love…and sex.

04/13/2009 4 comments

I have to admit that I am a sucker for a good, romantic, sweet, classy, love song (think something like Elvis and “Can’t Help Falling In Love.”) But I also have to admit that my favorite songs (lyrically speaking) are probably ones that mix some lovin and some sexin. And, well, DMB is a master at making songs lustfully steamy. But not just lustfully steamy but romantic as well. Here is one of my favorites for its beautifully poetic dirty lyrics and for its musical complexity, including its absurd rhythms (5/4 to 4/4 to 6/8 or something like that).

Ha, Open wide
Oh so good I’ll eat you
Take me for a ride
In your sweet delicious
Perfect little mouth
Thereupon I linger
You will have no doubt
I’ll do my best for you, I do

Let’s stop to get it going
Lost myself just thinking
About the two of us
From each other drinking
Begin with the lips
Fingertips and kissing
Turn me inside out
I do my best for you

Up and down we go
From the top you push me
This is such a thrill
Lost in love and dancing
Shake your tambourine
You blow my head open
Of this there’s no doubt
I do my best for you I do

For you I would crawl
Through the darkest dungeon
Climb the castle wall
If you are my Rapunzel
You let your hair down
Right in through your window
Good they locked the door
I do my best for you

I think the world of you
All of my heart I do
Blood through my veins for you
You alone have all of me
I give my world to you
To you I will be true

Too good to be real
Smell of something cooking
My soul you’re to steal
Food of love we’re filling
What you’ve given me
For it there is no measure
Of one thing I am sure
I’ll give my best for you

I think the world of you
All of my heart I do
Blood through my veins for you
You alone have all of me
From you my strength is full
To carry your burdens too
I give my world to you

Hip lock up so tight
You drive me crazy
Crazy is all right
With you looking at me
You make me feel high
Every single thing you do to me
Is like I’m drunk/fucked
I do my best for you, I do

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