1. Monday, December 6, 2004

    ed bradley probably asked bob dylan 

    a lot more questions than we saw last night. but it seems to me that there was a nice little path that he could have taken when dylan said that he wouldnt be able to write the sort of songs that he used to write.

    you know, the classic ones.

    which isnt to say that he still isnt putting out great records, because he is. despite the fact that most rock stars cant make good records as they get older. let alone continue to make great records after theyve made their two or three masterpeices.

    dylan said that the great records of old were from the great wellspring of creativity. so that means the followup needs to be, so why cant you as an older man get to that wellspring again? is it an age thing? is it a luck thing? if its magic does that mean that its pure luck, or part science?

    they should have given him the whole sixty minutes.

    it’s dylan for pete sake.

    i woulda said, is it too emotional to go back to that wellspring? is it too painful?

    there was a time when i was in college and i tapped into something and all this darkness was in there and hidden were these beautiful treasures. but i was terrified to go back in there years later because of all the darkness required to wade through.

    is that what dylan was saying?

    not that he Can’t write those types of songs again, he just doesnt want to?

    i would have asked if he gets tired playing those old classics show after show. cuz one thing about dylan is he will play blowin in the wind for your ass be it at madison square garden or the bakersfield bowl.

    i would have also asked him if he feels proud that springsteen was supposed to be the next dylan and never was able to really do it.

    i would have asked him why he seems so sad and pissed off.

    and alone.

    i would have asked him what he thinks about johnny cash and all the cover songs that rick rubin had him do in his twilight years and if he was interested in doing some albums of current music.

    and if i recall, ed bradley didnt ask him why its been 20 years since his last tv interview and if there was a reason for the cold shoulder or what.

    i would have told him that he was great in the wilburries, touring with the dead, touring with petty, and even when he was in we are the world, and i would have asked him if he plans on teaming up with someone else again soon, like tom waits.

    golden fiddle + candied ginger + maizzy