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Cerys Matthews – A Child’s Christmas, Poems and Tiger Eggs

What the heck is a tiger egg?

Well, once, in an interview, Dylan Thomas said of himself (as a younger poet):

I wrote endless imitations, though I never thought them to be imitations, but rather wonderfully original things, like eggs laid by tigers.

Those tiger eggs might not be so well known, but A Child’s Christmas in Wales most certainly

Posted on December 22nd, 2014

Bob Dylan Live at the Beacon Theatre, New York

Last night Bob Dylan played the first of a series of five concerts at New York City’s Beacon Theatre, the final stand of his current tour.

Posted on November 29th, 2014
Dylanosophy

Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, 2015: A Very Good Year

Some of us are date-oriented and some of us are not. By dates, I refer neither to the fruity nor to the romantic kind (though the same statement would probably apply to both) but rather the chronological sort: anniversaries, birthdays, milestones and the like. Some of us are date deniers, wondering whether it matters that such and such happened so many years ago on this date …

Posted on January 20th, 2015

Bob Dylan, “Stay With Me,” Studio Audio Released

Way back in May of last year we first heard “Full Moon and Empty Arms” from the forthcoming Bob Dylan album, Shadows in the Night. Today we have the release of the studio audio of “Stay With Me,” a song that Bob Dylan was closing his live performances with on his most recent tour, written by Jerome Moss and Carolyn Leigh and first recorded by Frank Sinatra.

Posted on January 19th, 2015
Commentary

Frank Sinatra – “Where Are You?”

“Where Are You” is the title track of the first of the two dark albums that Frank Sinatra recorded during his 1950s’ artistic peak with arranger Gordon Jenkins (the second being 1959’s No One Cares). It’s funny: Sinatra himself was known sometimes to refer laughingly to his loneliness-themed concept records as “suicide albums,” but when he was behind the microphone he was clearly nothing but totally serious about each syllable and every note, and was masterful at constructing these albums with almost terrifying emotional precision.

Posted on January 30th, 2015

Frank Sinatra – “Why Try To Change Me Now”

In a career not short on greatness, “Why Try to Change Me Now” is an especially great Frank Sinatra song, and a great Sinatra moment, all the more so as it is actually two moments: two great studio recordings.

Posted on January 22nd, 2015

Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, 2015: A Very Good Year

Some of us are date-oriented and some of us are not. By dates, I refer neither to the fruity nor to the romantic kind (though the same statement would probably apply to both) but rather the chronological sort: anniversaries, birthdays, milestones and the like. Some of us are date deniers, wondering whether it matters that such and such happened so many years ago on this date …

Posted on January 20th, 2015
Shorts

On the Sony Hack and Last Laughs

The news lately has been full of scandalous details that have emerged via a cyber attack on the Sony corporation, widely suspected to have been executed by North Korean hackers working to punish the company for producing a comedic film about that country’s leader, the cherubic-faced tyrant and mass murderer …

Posted on December 12th, 2014

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.A. has always seemed to me to be very the best holiday, the one where no one is trying to sell you anything at all—except, of-course, for dead, decapitated birds. But even there no hard sell is employed: they’re just laid out in front of you to take your pick. Frozen, […]

Posted on November 26th, 2014

An Election Reflection

(Otherwise known as an excuse for navel-gazing.)

Posted on November 5th, 2014

Texas Hospital Worker Contracts Ebola

What should be done now? (Watch out, Fido!)

Posted on October 12th, 2014
Dogs

A Man and His Dog

If you live in New York City, the odds are that you’re going to see famous people now and then. Even if you don’t go to their high society parties and clubs (and I for one toss every invitation in the trash on principle), you’re just fairly likely to run into them as they walk upon the sidewalk, something which even the famous must do if ever-so-briefly. Celebrities are no doubt bothered a lot less in Manhattan than …

Posted on June 2nd, 2014

Like Cats and Dogs

Two viral videos from the past couple of days provoke some commentary.

Posted on May 6th, 2014
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