Friday, February 13, 2015

Turning to music in the days of beheadings and never-ending wars

...when asked if you care about
the world's problems, look deeply
into the eyes of he that asks
you, he will not ask you again...

(Bob Dylan, 1964, from "Advice for Geraldine on her Miscellaneous Birthday")

Brothers in Arms

Don't Think Twice It's Alright

Diamonds and Rust

Joan Baez sang after John Martyn on the Jools Holland Show in 1992.

Thank you to Sabine and Robert for introducing me to the life and music of John Martyn which inspired this stream of consciousness post and reminded me of Tim Buckley and brought to mind my Richard who was nothing if not a kindred spirit to John Martyn. I wouldn't be surprised if they shared some of the same creative/self-destructive DNA, seeming to be at war with themselves unto death.

...I fought with my twin
That enemy within
'Til both of us fell by the way...
(Bob Dylan, 1978, from "Where Are You Tonight? (Journey Through Dark Heat)")

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
(Sun Tzu)

1 comment:

Sabine said...

Even though we don't really know each other at all I had a feeling you would like John Martyn. Glad you do.
Try and find the album version of Small Hours which he recorded outside at night by a lake, incl. geese calling or ducks? It's magical.