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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Tuesday February 13, 2007

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:24 AM
Modern Times
vs. City Lights

Bob Dylan Wins a Folk Grammy

"Modern Times, his first album since Love and Theft, debuted at No. 1
on the US pop charts last September. At 65, Dylan became the oldest
living person to achieve this feat."  –New Zealand Herald, Feb. 12

From an entry of 
October 29, 2004:

"Each epoch has its singer."
Jack London,
    Oakland, California, 1901

"Anything but the void. And so we keep hoping to luck into a winning combination, to tap into a subtle harmony, trying like lock pickers to negotiate a compromise with the 'mystery tramp,' as Bob Dylan put it…."
— Dennis Overbye,
   Quantum Baseball,
   New York Times,
   Oct.  26, 2004

"You said you'd never compromise
With the mystery tramp,
    but now you realize
He's not selling any alibis
As you stare into
    the vacuum of his eyes
And ask him do you want to
    make a deal?"
— Bob Dylan,
    Like a Rolling Stone

"Climbing up on 
Solsbury Hill"

In today's meditation for
the Church of Peter Gabriel,
Dennis Overbye plays
the role of Jack Horner.

Jack Horner with Christmas pie

(See Overbye on Sagan in today's
New York Times, Sagan on Pi,
and Pi Day at Harvard.)

For more on Jack Horner, see
The Rise and Fall
of Popular Music
,
by Donald Clarke,
Chapter One.

For two contrasting approaches
to popular music, see two artists
whose birthdays are today:

Peter Hook and Peter Gabriel

In other Grammy news–
At the end of Sunday's awards,

"Scarlett Johansson and Don Henley
 put themselves in the pole position
to star in a remake of 'Adam's Rib'
with the following exchange:

Henley: So you're recording
your first album?

Johansson: Yeah. Do you
have any advice for me?

Henley: No."

David Marchese, Salon.com

"Her wall is filled with pictures,
she gets 'em one by one….
"

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