September 18, 2009

"Do you hear what I hear?"

Noooooooo! No, Bob, no!

(It's a joke, right? Because if it's not, I'm worried Bob won't get his crown.)

36 comments:

Diamondhead said...

Proves my theory that rock stars with a schmaltzy side live longer.

rhhardin said...

Dog encounters audible ice cream truck, a once in a lifetime wtf event, just now.

traditionalguy said...

Bob's voice is worse than ever, but his message and words is even more the focus becaue of the strained voice of the old Prophet.

BJM said...

Aha! The perfect Christmas re-gift!

chickenlittle said...

I'll get a copy. I am serious too.

chickenlittle said...

The man is clear in his mind, but his soul is mad. Oh yeah. He's dying, I think. He hates all the cool, he hates it!

kate said...

he may share my tiara.

Joseph N. Welch said...

And I was so hoping he'd be doing a song about rich, old women with dyed blonde hair who used to pretend they were hippies but now spend their time blogging about how much they miss George Bush.

He'd be sooooo good at skewering them!

Penny said...

"He's probably just messin' with us?"

Our tolerance for "messin' with" is growing, and faster than our country's debt even.

Can that be a GOOD thing?

But come on! It's Dylan!

Methadras said...

It's pretty funny how people scream at Althouse, well, at least the lefty goon squads do anyway, about shilling for Limbaugh, but nary a peep when she literally kneels at the altar of Dylan, that once lone voice of 60's naivete. Ugh. I'm starting to hate Dylan. Thanks ALTHOUSE - and your a law professor!!!

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rhhardin said...

Dog howls with siren, a once a month event, yesterday.

lucid said...

Hey Ann. Thanks for finding this and posting it.

There is a recording of Amazing Grace sung by an old man with a broken voice that is very affecting (I'd love to find it again if anyone knows who or where it is).

And Leonard Cohen's latest recordings are also done in a broken voice, and are nonetheless moving, especially his live recording of Hallelujah. So I don't know. There is, as others have said, still that prophetic voice and the orthoganality to coolness, which are in turn bracing and refreshing.

But I don't know about the accompaniments, and I don't quite know from the little I could hear in what spirit the old Jew is singing Christmas songs.

But my personal jury is still out. I might like to have the album.

rhhardin said...

The dying man video standard is Johnny Cash.

Penny said...

"Do you hear what I hear?"

Rh, that Vicki is quite the young pup, and frankly, I've lost my interest in Dylan's Norman Rockwell musical moment for watching her, and you too, of course.

While I always prefer looking on the bright side, I wonder exactly how this will work out for the both of you?

Impressive trainer meets impressive student.

And no "barking" allowed?

Lem said...

I like the sound.

Its unique.

miller said...

My point - and I do have one - is that if autotuning were around in Dylan's early days, he would have been just another face in the crowd.

David said...

Bob can have my crown.

William said...

When they go to the death counselling center for their morphine drip, this music will soothe the troubled spirits of many booomers.

rhhardin said...

I'd have gone with Fur Elise for the ice cream truck.

traditionalguy said...

William...LOL. Are you on the Panel? If so, please play the Righteous Brothers for me to bring back the memories of my first love. I'll be going to see the granddaughter out at Lake Oconee tomorrow, and tell her more stories about her Daddy growing up. And God willing life will go on long enough for her to grow up. PS: don't forget to read Conroy's new book, South of Broad, for great Boomer stories from the South.

Penny said...

Why does everyone sound like they are on prozac tonight?

Penny said...

Fur Elise?

I have my personal camera in on YOU, rh.

Help me? I am lost, for now?

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Some people have a vocal range of an octave or even several octaves. Dylan has now receded to a vocal range of about 4 tones. Even frogs have a wider vocal repertoire.

Please say this is a joke and not a serious attempt. I hear a very sad weird man wandering along streets and being stopped as a probable crazy bum.

essaybee said...

ha ha ha. It's a joke, people.

Penny said...

No joke.

Some think it should be, though.

Penny said...

DBQ?

What the hell?

I know it is JUST another Friday. Would you mind if I expected you to be your best this Friday?

Penny said...

"Do you hear what I hear?

NO.

peter hoh said...
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peter hoh said...

For a Bob Dylan impersonator, he is really quite articulate. I wonder if he's clean, too.

Sheepman said...

It's a joke, right?

I don't think so.

Dylan has a catholic taste in music, including schmaltz (remember "Three Angels" from "New Morning"). Read once that he even complimented Barry Manilow on his song writing.

What doesn't work here is meshing Dylan's voice with the elevator music, backup singers. This could be a failure akin to the Broadway musical based on his songs.

AimHighHitLow said...

Enjoyed listening to the clip. Who would have thought that Bob Dylan would age so gracefully. Combined with the stories of him showing up unrecognized at the John Lennon museum in Liverpool and his calm encounter with the police in New Jersey....it seems that he is very comfortable being himself.

ddh said...

Maybe Dylan can start doing duets, like Sinatra. Charlie Rangel would be a good match, with Noo Yawk intonation.

nomilk said...

I'm worried Bob won't get his crown.

Hey, Althouse, what's with the knocks against Christian imagery?

I assume that in the Althouse afterlife you'll game the caucuses, lose all the major primaries, but still receive a majority of votes from the Celestial College--just like your Messiah.

Dad Bones said...

Bob should have smoked more cigarettes if he wants to sound like Tom Waits.

LoafingOaf said...

I actually thought this CD would be good, but I was wrong. Sounds like one of the worst Christmas albums ever.