Tuesday, March 21, 2006

My Dylan Phase

In eighth grade, I went through a serious Dylan phase. I had borrowed Another Side of Bob Dylan from the library and copied it onto a cassette tape, which I probably listened to every day for several months. My favorite track was "Ballad in Plain D;" something about that song made me think about the girl I was crushing on at the time, and I'd feel this strange longing I couldn't identify.

I remember buying The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, The Times They Are A-Changin', and Another Side, packaged as a three-cd set, at the Natick Mall with my mom. Listening to those three albums became my after-school regimen, which occupied the three or so hours until dinnertime. I wanted to cry whenever I listened "Girl From the North Country," "Boots of Spanish Leather," and "Ballad in Plain D." I didn't understand it until years later, that this was the first time I ever had an emotional response to music.

I think I'm starting to develop a taste for poetry. I haven't liked poetry since the sixth grade, when Miss Piligian made us memorize Whitman. Of course, it was while reading Whitman in the bathroom at 12:30am just now that I had this realization.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Joe Henderson in Japan

Adam Kolker talked to us once about how he used to go see Joe Henderson at the Blue Note (or Vanguard, I forget which). He said Hen' would take these long solos that went on for choruses and choruses, just gradually building up in intensity; Al Foster would just be there with him, matching that same level of intensity. Kolker asked us, what if you had that many levels of intensity? Same scale, just smaller increments. What if you could play that many fortes? How many fortes can you play right now?

So I'm listening to Joe Henderson in Japan, and I'm trying to understand it in the context of what Kolker was talking to us about.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Scrunt Comics Presents THE PERSONALS

"Wild" Bill has a new website.
From the info page:

THE PERSONALS is inspired by free online dating postings (such as Craigslist). The cartoons are not meant to ridicule the pathetic people who post them, but rather celebrate the isolated existence we all have experienced, some way or another. THE PERSONALS is intended for adult audience. Updated bi-weekly!