pain is the staff of life

Bob Dylan Montreal Jazz fest july 4

Posted in Uncategorized by ruthanzo on July 5, 2007

July 5 2007

First impressions: He looked like an old Bavarian clergyman playing the psaltery while he intoned, seldom straying from his ravenlike monotone, the old psalms from a hymnal known only to his congregants.The church was packed. The visual effects were diffuse and appropriately monotonous. Black and grey abstract shapes floated past on the backdrop while the 5 piece band, dressed in coffin-grey and sporting black homburgs or fedoras rocked on, dignified and reverential to the leader in his amish sombrero. Highlights of show included: It’s Alright Ma I’m Only Bleeding/Dying (goosebumps), Tangled up in Blue (good to hear it one more time), Highway 61 Revisited (most-rockin), Nettie Moore (excrutiatingly haunting).

I have to say that I prefer it when Dylan plays the guitar. The womanly shape of the instrument brings a little sex appeal to any performance even when it’s badly forplayed. At one point all the guys were hugging and rocking their guitars, very sexy, while the bandy-legged Bob looked like he was coldly fashioning something on a Black & Decker workbench. A shaker chair.


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