Dylan’s 77th Birthday

I was asked to play 3 songs Wednesday May 24th at Hugh’s room – a show of artists each picking 3 Bob Dylan songs to play. Thought I would do Lennie Bruce is Dead, Wedding Song and If Not For You.

Always loved the Lenny Bruce song, rightly or wrongly I thought Dylan might have especially been thinking about Lenny Bruce’s life after making Slow Train Coming and Saved and experiencing a lot of public hostility but who knows.

I haven’t had too much time to rehearse but fortunately my daughter knows the wooden xylophone parts to these songs so it’s all good.

Wedding Song

Lenny Bruce is Dead

 

Practice Technique

When I was a teenager I played hours on the piano and my father would come home from work and watch tv lying on the couch nearby and turn up the volume – my piano playing drove him nuts. I didn’t mind since we were both realizing our dreams.

Grateful he wasn’t the kind of guy to freak out and stop me from playing. That might have derailed becoming the musician I am.

Truth is I’m never really comfortable practicing unless there’s a loud tv or radio on in the background.

Choose Your Own Adventure (Psychopath Version)

 

photo: john maclean

Played an event last Monday called the Wrecking Ball perhaps named after the Neil Young song or maybe the name refers to breaking up complacency. The recorded version is slightly different.

they passed a law last week

scientists can’t speak

gag order

they want every tape recorder

they want to control the blues

restrict access to the news

shamelessly they grin

there will be no facts without spin

they’re tough on crime that’s right

they own a patent on that sound bite

their grand plan unveiled

build more jails

they want to control the blues

restrict access to the news

shamelessly they grin

there will be no facts without spin

they’re okay with foul play

every little G20 cop got paid

but what’s especially perverse

is that this all feels rehearsed

they want to control the blues

restrict access to the news

shamelessly they grin

there will be no facts without spin

photo: john maclean