Monday, October 30, 2006
Dylan Sunday - Theme Time Radio #18-19
Bob Dylan, Theme Time Radio Hour #18 (Radio)
Bob Dylan, Theme Time Radio Hour #19 (Bible)
Busy day here at Pound for Pound, here's a little Dylan for the cherry on top. It's funny, as these posts sort of became more ritual than anything in the middle, popular and a good chance to spread some music not easily available. But, the more I listen to more I enjoy them. The initial thrill of hearing Dylan on radio has long since passed, but now the deeper enjoyment has set in as you get to learn a little bit more about Dylan and hear his wit and knowledge about music.
Which leads me to the random thoughts that came fromn hearing these shows, the first one in particular. Almost all of the songs on the Theme Time Radio Hour #18 deal with the magic of radio and how great it was as a means to hear music. All I could think was how things have changed. I mean, I never listen to the radio anymore and most certainly don't look to it as a source for new sounds. Can you remember the last time you listened to the radio as something other than background noise? Besides Howard Stern? I mean, I love my pop music and Mariah and Brittany and Ludacris, but they play new singles every half hour and even they become background.
But, I don't accept Dylan's (and Peter Wolf during his interview) nostalgia, as it misses the point. Radio isn't a fertile medium today, but it doesn't need to be. Yeah, I wish that I still waited all week to hear the Friday night Power 99 set that had all the great hip-hop that didn't make it on the regular rotation, or the Grateful Dead Hour on XPN, or even the college stations like PRB and KDU (which seem to be playing the same mix of punk and experimental that they did last decade). The Internet has risen up and gives me that thrill today. Blogs and internet radio bring me the new and that's fine.
It's the essential conflict that I think I have with the Dylan the man, which seems to have risen in the last few decades. It's a conservative, nostalgic mindset that seems to constantly look back to what we've lost as opposed to what's on the horizon. I fucking love these old hillbilly songs and soul and r&b jawns that Dylan brings out every week, love hearing that Weird, Old America that he is a part of. But, I also want to hear the stuff that has been the roots of my Weird, Old America, the 2 Live Crew, Run DMC, Arthur Baker, Larry Levan, John Zorn stuff, the people running with that, Spank Rock, Timbaland, LCD Soundsystem, Black Dice, you know the people. Hell, that's not even considering the impact of Europe and the world on my listening, which has little place on Theme Time Radio Hour. I guess that in a weird way I consider this blog as one of those new outlets and I hope that it will always serve as a place to find the old and the new, the roots and the now, with no nostalgia or hate.
What do you think? Do you agree with Dylan's view? Does anyone read this far?