I know that John McCain is running around again talking tough. He’s accusing the Obama administration of being soft and wishy-washy. I know to John McCain the world is black and white. There are good guys and bad guys. The good guys simply need to go after the bad guys. In the world I live in, the real world, it is more complex. Running around with your hair on fire has consequences – Iraq and Afghanistan are simply two examples which come to mind.
From BBC: US President Barack Obama has warned Russia there will be “costs” for any military intervention in Ukraine. He said he was deeply concerned by reports of Russian military movements inside the country. Ukraine’s acting president has accused Russia of deploying troops to Crimea and trying to provoke Kiev into “armed conflict”. Russia’s UN ambassador said any troop movements in Crimea were within an existing arrangement with Ukraine. Continue reading →
Look, we have plenty of problems in our society. The fact that we really and truly are a melting pot means that we need to be more tolerant of each other. This brings me to Moore, Oklahoma. The Rodriguez family decided to go to a movie. No problem. Cool. At the movies, however, things start to go crazy.
Mother and daughter begin to argue. I don’t understand. You are at a movie. Arguments do happen, but it is critically important for someone with a cool head to settle the situation. This is basic public protocol. Unfortunately, there is no one with a cool head to step in. Mom slaps her daughter in this public place. STUPID.
So, someone calls the cops. You know how this is going to go.
The cops show up. The mother has now gone to the car. The cops ask the father for his ID. He doesn’t want to show his ID. Stupid. Really stupid.
The father still refuses to show his ID. You know that he has to be restrained. The mother is now out of the car filming this take-down on her cellphone. At the end of the scuffle, the husband is dead. The wife is crying and the police are left trying to answer questions about how this happened. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.
This ridiculous situation could have been avoided with just a little common sense from someone, anyone.
Every now and then a song really speaks to a generation. No song did that better than Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone.” I love rhythmic tunes. This isn’t one of those. I love songs where I can figure out the lyrics. This isn’t one of those songs, either. I had to go to the that lyrics site and then the light bulb went off.
Once upon a time you dressed so fine
You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn’t you ?
People’d call, say, “Beware doll, you’re bound to fall”
You thought they were all kiddin’ you
You used to laugh about
Everybody that was hangin’ out
Now you don’t talk so loud
Now you don’t seem so proud
About having to be scrounging for your next meal.
How does it feel
How does it feel
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone ?
Is this the greatest rock and roll song of all time? Rock and roll, like jazz before it and rap after it, has to speak to a generation. To be great the song must change the dynamic. The less gifted must try to emulate the artist who created the masterpiece. Everyone should be able to sit back and listen to Dylan and become lost in the thoughtful, penetrating lyrics. How does it feel?
“I wrote it. I didn’t fail. It was straight,” Bob Dylan said of his greatest song shortly after he recorded it in June 1965. There is no better description of “Like a Rolling Stone” — of its revolutionary design and execution — or of the young man, just turned 24, who created it.
Al Kooper, who played organ on the session, remembers today, “There was no sheet music, it was totally by ear. And it was totally disorganized, totally punk. It just happened.” Continue reading →