Saturday, October 2, 2010

Oh, to be a fly on the wall

From Rolling Stone magazine:

President Obama talking about meeting Bob Dylan last February:

Here's what I love about Dylan: He was exactly as you'd expect he would be. He wouldn't come to the rehearsal; usually, all these guys are practicing before the set in the evening. He didn't want to take a picture with me; usually all the talent is dying to take a picture with me and Michelle before the show, but he didn't show up to that. He came in and played "The Times They Are A-Changin'." A beautiful rendition. The guy is so steeped in this stuff that he can just come up with some new arrangement, and the song sounds completely different. Finishes the song, steps off the stage — I'm sitting right in the front row — comes up, shakes my hand, sort of tips his head, gives me just a little grin, and then leaves. And that was it — then he left. That was our only interaction with him. And I thought: That's how you want Bob Dylan, right? You don't want him to be all cheesin' and grinnin' with you. You want him to be a little skeptical about the whole enterprise. So that was a real treat.

That performance:


  1. Some times reality is a gift. It is always greater than our dreams and our fears. I believe so. I truly do.
    Blessings back to you.

  2. I may have missed B.B. but dammit, I am going to go hear Bob in ten days. That will be something.
    This made my heart happy, Elizabeth. Thank-you.

  3. Would you still love me if I told you I wasn't a huge Bob fan? Sure hope so.

    Thank you friend for posting the video.I think the piece is amazing and the message ... even more so.And,what beautiful comments left by all your friends.You are surely blessed.

  4. I love the early Bob Dylan and still have my albums. He's a pro and a fabulous poet, for sure. I like your blog's new look. Very sunny. Blessings!

  5. This rocked me for reasons I can't seem to get a grip on.



  6. I came by here from Katie Allison Granju's blog. I love this post. I'm happy to have discovered you.

    I found this so moving. That song is like the soundtrack to my life.

    Thank you for this.



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