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“Beyond Here Lies Nothin”

In American Music, Bob Dylan on April 25, 2009 at 9:06 pm
Dylan’s latest studio album, Together Through Life, recently recorded  features 10 new songs including “Beyond Here Lies Nothin”.  This will be the 46th release from Dylan, following his Platinum album Modern Times which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in 2006.

Oh well, I love you pretty baby
You’re the only love I’ve ever known
Just as long as you stay with me
The whole world is my throne
Beyond here lies nothin’
Nothin’ we can call our own

Well, I’m movin’ after midnight
Down boulevards of broken cars
Don’t know what I’d do without it
Without this love that we call ours
Beyond here lies nothin’
Nothin’ but the moon and stars

Down every street there’s a window
And every window’s made of glass
We’ll keep on lovin’ pretty baby
For as long as love will last
Beyond here lies nothin’
But the mountains of the past

Well, my ship is in the harbor
And the sails are spread
Listen to me, pretty baby
Lay your hand upon my head
Beyond here lies nothin’
Nothin’ done and nothin’ said

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Looking for American Music

In American Music on April 7, 2009 at 2:29 pm

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I’ve been on a quest for a long time.  Europe and other cultures have their historically significant composers.

What does the United States of America actually have?

 America does have significant composers but, ask ten people every day who a famous composer is. Sometimes I may get one in ten to mention some one like Leonard Bernstein. Many times the answer is a pop figure. Most of the time I get a quizzical look.

We are a people steeped in “pop culture” by default.

Artistic development can find it’s way out of the hype of this morass of paparazzi, but obviously it usually get’s swept away.

Is it worthwhile to even pursue this in our “post modern” world and culture?

Do most people not care about Art? Have we finally come to this dreaded point in history where do we not even know what we do not know?