Bob Dylan the Weatherman – A playlist

You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows
– Bob Dylan (Subterranean Homesick Blues)

Wikipedia:
Weather is the state of the atmosphere, to the degree that it is hot or cold, wet or dry, calm or stormy, clear or cloudy.

Bob Dylan uses the weather both as a metaphor and in a literary sense, he is especially fond of rain and wind.

I’ve choses track that fits the lingo of a weatherman or that makes me think of the weather. Continue reading “Bob Dylan the Weatherman – A playlist”

Bob Dylan by the numbers – A playlist

Bob Dylan by the numbers – A playlist

“I said “Fee, fie, fo, fum, Cassius Clay, here I come
26, 27, 28, 29, I’m gonna make your face look just like mine
Five, four, three, two, one, Cassius Clay you’d better run
99, 100, 101, 102, your ma won’t even recognize you
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, gonna knock him clean right out of his spleen”
– Bob Dylan, I shall be free No.10

A number is a mathematical object used to count, measure, and label. The original examples are the natural numbers 1, 2, 3, and so forth. A notational symbol that represents a number is called a numeral. In addition to their use in counting and measuring, numerals are often used for labels (as with telephone numbers), for ordering (as with serial numbers), and for codes (as with ISBNs). In common usage, the term number may refer to a symbol, a word, or a mathematical abstraction.
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Bob Dylan sings the Blues – A playlist

Bob Dylan sings the Blues – A Playlist

 

Blues is a genre and musical form that originated in African-American communities in the “Deep South” of the United States around the end of the 19th century. The genre is a fusion of traditional African music and European folk music, spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads. Continue reading “Bob Dylan sings the Blues – A playlist”

Bob Dylan songs that could have been movies – a playlist

Bob Dylan songs that could have been movies – a playlist

The stories these songs tell might be happy or sad, truth or fiction. But they’ll all have one thing in common: They makes us see a film inside our head, or evoke a mood that feels like a movie . We follow the stories and identify with the characters, and like real movies they are sometimes linear (like most movies) and sometimes the structure is more experimental, like Reservoir Dogs or Satyricon. A few times we cannot say why they feel cinematic but they do.

Here are my choices:

All along the watchtower – Bob Dylan (here is a great live version from 6th of June 1999 in Colarado Springs) this could obviously be made into Euro-western with a prison break theme :

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10 Great Country songs from the 1970s (videos & spotify playlist)

The 1970s brought us many great country songs, here are 10 I´m listening to today.

I´ve also added a spotify playlist at the end of the post.

Kris Kristofferson – Help me make it through the Night (1970)

Take the ribbon from your hair
Shake it loose and let it fall
Layin’ soft upon my skin
Like the shadows on the wall

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Chuck Berry: 11 often overlooked but great songs – Rest in peace

The legend, guitarist Chuck Berry, who merged blues, country, gospel, jazz and swing into the phenomenon of rock’n’roll, died on Saturday aged 90, according to Missouri police. We’re not putting together a greatest song list (maybe later…) but we will try to honour the master by finding 11 songs that are too often overlooked.

What is a “buried treasure”, “a hidden gem” or “an underrated gem” ? Well, to me, it’s a great song that seldom (or never) is on the “best-of” lists of the artist, and it could have/should have been.

I am talking about great songs that are often overlooked. We are talking about personal favourites that you wouldn’t rate among the artists top 20 (maybe), but deserve some more praise and recognition than they get.

Rest in peace great artist!

– Hallgeir