Saturday, February 11, 2012

Meditation / A young man who was staying drunk on fear in the wilderness / A young woman who was not afraid of him

Johnny: [opening narration from "The Wild One"] It begins here for me on this road. How the whole mess happened I don't know, but I know it couldn't happen again in a million years. Maybe I could of stopped it early, but once the trouble was on its way, I was just goin' with it. Mostly I remember the girl. I can't explain it - a sad chick like that, but somethin' changed in me. She got to me, but that's later anyway. This is where it begins for me right on this road.

During the 1960s, upon looking at some promotional photos of himself, Bob Dylan laughed and said, "I look like Marlon Brando, James Dean or somebody..."

What's my point here? Something about fear and courage. That series of film clips from "The Wild One" moved me this morning. This may make more sense after watching the entire YouTube video above. Maybe not.

"I always have respected her
for doing what she did and getting free."
(Bob Dylan, from "If You See Her Say Hello")

"How long can I stay drunk on fear
out in the wilderness?"
(Bob Dylan, from "When He Returns")

"Time heals, after all -- although the clock that marks that kind of time has no hands."
(Suze Rotolo, from A Freewheelin' Time, 2007)

(2007 trackpad drawing by am and February 2012 trackpad drawing by am)


Anonymous said...

i have always loved that part of sr's statement "after all." kjm

am said...

kjm -- Me, too.

Goat said...

"What a screwball town!" Thanks for the clip - I haven't seen the movie in at least 15 years, probably 20. Johnny, the rebel psychopath with the heart of gold...

The Dylan motorcycle picture has turned up in my online travels a few times in the last year or so. Great picture, and of course the 'Highway 61' cover is classic, I still have that on vinyl back home, it looks so good at that size.

Finally, the quote from 'Blood on the Tracks' is one of my favourite Dylan gems. It's consoled me a few times over the years as I attempted a brave/philosophical front in the face of yet another breakup!

am said...

Goat -- Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are feeling better after that unfortunate fall.

Bob Dylan's words and lyrics continue to contribute to a change of heart that I have always needed in order to survive but didn't realize until recently.

"But my heart is not heavy. It's light and it's free. I've got nothing but affection for all those who've sailed with me." (from "Mississippi")