It’s been awhile without any activity from me. I do apologize, dear readers! However, I am very excited that I have now gotten over 1000 views! 1044 to be precise. Do you know what that means? It means a giveaway is in the extremely near future! Just a lil’ disclaimer – because of some electronic equipment put in our house, I can’t seem to access videos on YouTube. As I like to add music videos to the majority of my posts, this proves a smidge difficult when I want those posts to happen. Right now, I’m sitting at the local cafe, enjoying some iced tea & the sunshine, and YouTube is definitely in my favor.
Lately, I’ve been getting back into Bob Dylan. Growing up with a huge Dylan fan (my pops, a nerdy hippie), I’ve had the luxury of hearing a good chunk of Dylan’s library multiple times, as well as seeing him live a few times. My father, at one point, had a video of me singing along estatically to “Like A Rolling Stone” in public. So, while catching up on Mad Men, I was happy to hear Mr. Dylan put the cap on one of the episodes. Don Draper came home after a weekend of nefarious activity to an empty house. His wife & children were gone. The music team of Mad Men picked the perfect song in “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright.”
I feel that “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” is the greatest love song. Yes, I know, it’s not a love song in the generic sense. It’s a breakup song. But, when you end a relationship, there usually was love before said ending, yes? So, we hear this man clearly leaving his other half. But, he is not doing so with hate. He’s done. He’s over it. And, it sounds as though it wasn’t the greatest relationship, but it wasn’t all bad. They didn’t talk much & he even feels like the other half was a waste of time. But, the way I see it, it could have been a boring, uneventful relationship, but no one got hurt, and we got an awesome song out of it. Anyway, I love the lyrics. I love the way it flows. And, quite frankly, I’d rather have past relationships end the way this one did than having them end on a really sour note.
Bob Dylan – Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright
(The best video I could find.)
As I was poking through YouTube when it was working, I came across a lil’ gem. Now, I know I might get some flack for this, but I don’t care. Say what you will, as we’re all entitled to our own opinions. What I found was Ke$ha covering this amazing song. I was blown away. It was just her with a cello mildly playing in the background. I listened to it about three times in a row, glued to my bed. It was a painful & amazing experience. So, I did some research. I googled the song plus Ke$ha. I love her take on the song. She applied it to her own life, basically as a breakup with her past & a chance to move on & renew. There is something very relateable about her experience covering her song. A good majority of us in Western society have had some sort of moment of despair and awakening. Also, something I find endearing: it turns out she’s a huge Dylan fan. It’s been said that “Nashville Skyline” is her favorite Dylan album. Good girl.
Scrolling through the google hits, I came across a Rolling Stone article about a album a bunch of musicians out together to raise money for Amnesty International. Of course, all of the songs are Bob Dylan covers, and the 4-disc album is called Chimes of Freedom. Of course, me being a bit oblivious sometimes, I had no idea that this was something that had happened. It took me a year & an accidental late night YouTube viewing party to figure it out. But, I’m glad I stumbled across it.
Now, I’m a fan of supporting important, legitimate, fair organizations like Amnesty International. If I could give my entire paycheck to these organizations, I would. If I could spend my days volunteering for them, I would. And, maybe someday I can. But right now, a few dollars here and there are the best I can do. When something like an album or a movie or a fun event is created, I’m in. I’ll spend my money on them. And, I would hope you would do the same! So, get out there. Purchase that album! The best way to buy it is through Amnesty International directly (they are selling hard copies & digital copies). You can also buy it on Amazon & iTunes. But, I believe in buying directly from the source if at all possible. So, for the sake of everyone involved, please purchase from AI!