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Hope the opening, ahem, came off well.

This was a sign on a storefront on the main street of Amherst, MA, where rednoodlealien and I saw Bob Dylan on Saturday night. It was a good show, although I much prefer the acoustic shows he was doing a few years ago. This was full-bore rock&roll, with Dylan playing piano the whole night, and doing only his own songs -- none of the blues and country covers he was doing for a while. He was unusually talkative although his vocals were mostly spit out and bitten off; he plays piano standing up but keeps his microphone at roughly sitting height, so he has to lean over to sing, and every line is therefore an effort to deliver. Sometimes very effective, sometimes not. But he did do "Every Grain of Sand" which I was thrilled to hear live. Otherwise, the best half of the show was from his latest album, which is encouraging.

Amherst was enjoyable enough, once we figured out the route from the campus to downtown. Even the train made a U-turn; between Springfield and Hartford, they pull the train into a disused station and reverse direction (the train has an engine at both ends). I cannot comprehend why this should be necessary and the Vermonter's description on Amtrak's site does not even mention it.

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Current Music: "Just Like a Woman" (Live, 1975)

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bobhowe From: bobhowe Date: November 21st, 2004 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's nice to know some things don't change.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: November 22nd, 2004 10:34 am (UTC) (Link)
bobhowe From: bobhowe Date: November 22nd, 2004 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, the U-Turn explained. It's like poetry, isn't it?
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 21st, 2004 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
glad you made it up there, ken, and glad you liked it...

I wasn't able to go, as you might have figured out, but some of my posse were there (you must have heard at least one of them, right? :) )

yeah i dont know why bob has the microphone about a foot and a half lower then it should be, and bends over to sing like that,- it almost looks like he's 'davening' (saying jewish prayers in synagogue) but that would make too much sense..still, whatever it is, bob, keep it up, it seems to be working.... and yes, Ive heard recent versions of 'every grain of sand' which he seems to nail in concert, along with some great recent songs like 'standing in the doorway' and 'po' boy'
By the way, rumors are he is recording new songs in the beginning of next year, so by the time we see bob again, maybe he'll have a new album out.. ttysoon.. oh yeah, and i'm sending you a package of my latest warblings in wax (well, aluminum, or whatever a cd is made of)

mike s

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