Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Blind Willie Johnson: Revival

When I had just turned 16, PBS first aired Carl Sagan's Cosmos TV series. Music was central to the show's mission, so I bought its soundtrack album and listened to it constantly. It included an excerpt of Blind Willie Johnson's "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground (On Which Our Lord Was Laid)." CLICK HERE to read more


After Sunday's 10:00 AM service, David Bradfield, our wonderful choir master, suggested I look up the words to Bob Dylan's Rainy Day Woman (AKA Everybody Must Get Stoned). CLICK HERE to read more

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Theme Song

A few years ago a friend gave me a CD entitled "The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan." Most of the songs on the CD were composed in the early 1980's. Many of them are great. On this CD, they're all performed by African American singers and Gospel Choirs. Mary and I were both drawn to one particular song, Pressing On, sung by Chicago Mass Choir. CLICK HERE to read more

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Thunder on the Mountain by Bob Dylan Annotated

Thunder on the Mountain is a song by Bob Dylan off of the Modern Times CD (2006). Here are the song lyrics with my comments and annotations. CLICK HERE to read more

Friday, April 18, 2008

‘Rabbi and rock star’

For one of the most polarizing figures in modern Jewish history, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach did a lot of loving. "The Singing Rabbi," who founded the House of Love and Prayer in San Francisco, regularly hugged the homeless, supported the poor, and called everyone "brother" or "sister." CLICK HERE to read more

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

NY Times: Living With Music

Every Grain of Sand, Bob Dylan. One reason most Christian rock really does stink is that much of the genre is saddled by a belief that Christian musicians are simply ministers who happen to use music as a tool, and who must employ only unambiguous, propositional lyrics so that listeners can’t possibly be led astray. CLICK HERE to read more

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Rock and Roll Report » Cover Story - Bob Dylan’s “Slow Train Coming”, with artwork by Catherine Kanner

The concept was very concrete as he expressed it to me. As he explained it, this album was to be Dylan’s exploration of Christian ideas through his words and music. I recall being amazed to hear this. The graphic style was meant to have an engraved look - which pen and ink (my specialty) certainly mimics. CLICK HERE to read more

Friday, April 11, 2008

American Poet Genius Bob Dylan First Rocker to Get Pulitzer Nod

Accordingly to Yoko Ono, Lennon’s song, “God,” was intended as a dialogue with Dylan. Lennon spoke of Dylan as changing his writing at a time when the Beatles where bigger than anything the music world had ever seen. CLICK HERE to read more

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Religious Forum: What is the role of your faith in the larger culture?

I’ve noticed a growing trend in popular music, that is, a Jewish trend. Of course there’s Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and other Jews in the music business, but none of them were as overtly Jewish as the stars of today. CLICK HERE to read more


I came late to Dylan and for years had been badgered by a friend who raved about the American folk singer with the whine in his voice. Anytime I casually listened I could hear the ‘whine’ clearly enough but little else. That was until one Sunday morning when I heard a track from a new Dylan album on the radio, The song was ‘I Believe In You’ and the just released album was ‘Slow Train A Comin’. CLICK HERE to read more

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Bob Dylan: Reconciliation and Atonement

Dylan’s reaction to his Jewishness also is a product of that time, a time of anti-Semitism, when many Jewish performers, though proud of being Jewish, tried to hide their roots. CLICK HERE to read more

Monday, April 7, 2008

Who says what’s ‘Christian’ music?

Who says what is and is not “Christian” music? The Christian Music Trade Association, that’s who!
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Sunday, April 6, 2008

Fast Train a' Comin'

On August 20, 1979, Bob Dylan caused a lot of listeners shock when he recorded a profound album that seemed to indicate he had become a Christian. People were asking, "How could such an enigmatic guru accept such a simple-minded message? CLICK HERE to read more

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Questions, Answers Still Blowing in the Wind

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 40 years ago. What are your memories of that day? What impact did it have on you? How is King relevant to you and to us today? CLICK HERE to read more

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Sinead O'Connor

She's one of the most powerful singers from the past 20 years, but can she ever shake off that incident? CLICK HERE to read more
“The highest form of song is prayer.”
-Bob Dylan

STOCKHOLM 04.05.2002

Just a few days after performing at the 2002 Grammy's, Bob Dylan recorded a new re-write of "Gonna Change My Way of Thinking" for "Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan" with longtime friend Mavis Staples. One month later he would kick off a new tour in Stockholm Sweden and perform Solid Rock (what many consider the theme song to his gospel era concerts) for the first time in 20 years. Dylan would continue to perform this rousing song as well as other gospel era songs at numerous concerts across Europe and beyond. The two-time Grammy nominated compilation would be released on Sony/Columbia one year later on April 1, 2003.

Sinead O'Connor - Property Of Jesus