Oldie(s) for New Year’s morning

January 1, 2020 at 8:28 am (By Amba) ()

I was also going to post Bob Dylan’s “New Morning” (the song), from the eponymous New Morning (1970), an atypical Dylan album and possibly my favorite. It has some really strange songs in it. It hit me at the right time.

I have never seen music locked up this tight. Every song from that album is blocked on YouTube, and owning the song for $1.29, it is upload-proof.

Naturally this got my back up. Oh, come on, Bob, you little capitalist. Not to be deterred, I made a lo-fi, tinny copy with occasional nose-blowing bursts of static in it. Even that won’t upload.

If you remember the song, I guess you could play it in your head.


  1. lacheraqui said,

    My ex-hubby (who knows every word and every note from every song Dylan ever created) and I were a musical duo as well as a couple for all the 21 years we were together, and “New Morning” was on our set list…so, yes, it’s in my head! I was not the rabid Dylan fan my ex is…but when we added several of his songs to our repertoire–including “Forever Young,” which Mom loved to hear us perform–I let go of any reservations.

  2. amba12 said,

    I wasn’t a rabid Dylan fan either, but I’ve always loved some of his songs—not always the most “typical” ones. I do love the typical (the “type specimen,” as they say in biology) “Memphis Blues,” the poetry and the sort of hillbilly melisma in which he sings it (“Shakespeare is in the alleh/ with his pointed SHOOOOS and BEALLLS”). The importance of words over music and the way it’s talked as much as sung almost foreshadows rap, in a way. “Forever Young” I knew first through the Rod Stewart cover, which I love. Other favorites, “Knock knock knockin’ on heaven’s door” and, from “New Morning,” the mysterious “Day of the Locusts.”

  3. Alexandra Leh said,

    Dylan foreshadowed rap? Yeah, that makes sense…’cause he wasn’t SINGING.

  4. amba12 said,

    In all fairness, I don’t think that’s my original thought. I read it somewhere long ago, and it was startling but made sense so it stuck with me.For example https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/is-bob-dylan-hip-hops-godfather-64581/

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