Saturday, January 26, 2008

Time Has Come Today

Well, the day has finally arrived. My blog....
I now have an outlet to rant about whatever I want. Usually what I want to rant about is music. My wife has long stopped pretending to care about my music dissertations and since no one in this area of Wisconsin seems to care about say, the new Bob Mould record; you now have this to read if you choose.

My goal is simple; to turn you on to whatever is turning me on at any given day. Whether it is a cool new band or a nice new DVD release of some old film; this is a venture into
Dave's pop-culture universe. Nothing is off limits: web sites, music, videos, politics, whatever.

The Title....

Where does the title of the site come from you ask?
Well, it comes from verse 6 (out of 10!) from Bob Dylan's 1965 masterpiece "Gates of Eden":
"Relationships of ownership They whisper in the wings
To those condemned to act accordingly
And wait for succeeding kings
And I try to harmonize with songs
The lonesome sparrow sings
There are no kings inside the Gates of Eden"

I remember my 7 year old brain trying to wrap my head around this song in the lifetime ago of 1976. Well, I'm 38 now and I'm still trying to wrap my head around it. I think this song is as powerful and beautiful as any verse from the bible, any symphony from Mozart, or any film from Scorsese. I can't imagine what it was like for the folk disciples of Dylan in 1965 to pop on Side 2 of "Bringing it All Back Home" for the first time and hear this. What I know for sure is that minds were blown around the world.

In the year 2008, we have seemingly heard and seen it all. But in 1965, minds were still expanding and rules were yet to be broken in popular music. With the album and the song "Gates of Eden", Dylan changed how "songs" could be written. He changed people's perception of what music could be and do to minds. I know he changed mine...
Bob Dylan-Gates of Eden

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I like so many others dear brother, are looking forward to reading more of your deep musical thoughts. Blog on! I'll be waiting anxiously for some new tunes