Saturday, July 28, 2007

And speaking of Dylan...
here's a few of the most mesmerizing performances of his greatest song, as posted on YouTube...

The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan perform "Like a Rolling Stone" in Brazil

1966, City Hall, New Castle, England

Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival, June, 1967

The great troubador of our times...the grizzled old man from the black iron hills of Minnesota...
blew through Tucson recently: Bob Dylan
(at the Casino Del Sol's Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheatre, Tuesday 07/24/2007)

Had lawn seats in the light drizzly summer monsoon rain at this spacious outdoor amphitheater, didn't matter because I met up with some cool people and was buzzed on beer and had my 4th opportunity in this lifetime to witness the greatest songwriter and rock and roller of our time. The Old Man performed 17 songs with his red-hot and masterful improvisatory band; he jammed lead guitar on the 1st three songs and smoking harmonica solos where noted with the asterix.

Sure his voice is grizzly and wheezy but it's seasoned like fine wine...and his band sure needs to be on their toes to follow the master wherever his mind might wander (since he never goes on stage with a setlist, a trick I reckon he picked up from his time touring with the Grateful Dead; recall Dylan's euology of Jerry Garcia where he stated "to me he wasn't only a musician and friend, he was more like a big brother who taught and showed me more than he'll ever know.")
The man of many masks transmogrifies his old songs with startling and sometimes unrecognizable new arrangments because he's an artist constantly on the move, his Never Ending Tour takes us to places of the soul where familar tunes are imbued with an infinity of new meanings...for the wheel's still in spin and ole Zimmy keeps on keepin' on.

So where the hell is his Nobel Prize in Literature award yet?? (There, I got in my 2 cents.)

Concert also reviewed here:
Dylan's genius, magic not lost on AVA crowd
By Kevin W. Smith, Arizona Daily Star


Leopard-skin Pill-Box Hat

Lay, Lady, Lay

Watching The River Flow

Workingman's Blues

Rollin' And Tumblin'

Simple Twist Of Fate *

Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again

Lonesome Day Blues

When The Deal Goes Down

Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine) *

Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power)

Highway 61 Revisited

Spirit On The Water *

Summer Days

Masters Of War


Thunder On The Mountain

Blowin' In The Wind

For more details see

"Theme Time Radio Hour with your host Bob Dylan" (on XM radio)
Wednesdays at 10am ET on Deep Tracks XM 40
"Take a trip to the land of radio magic. With music hand-selected from his personal collection, Bob Dylan takes you to places only he can. Listen as Bob Dylan weaves his own brand of radio with themes, dreams and schemes."

A few insightful things said about Dylan (including by himself)...

Dylan is mysterious, elusive, fascinating – just like his music.

Over more than four decades, Dylan has produced 500 songs and more than 40 albums. Does he ever look back at the music he's written with surprise?

"I used to. I don't do that anymore. I don't know how I got to write those songs. Those early songs were almost magically written," says Dylan, who quotes from his 1964 classic, "It's Alright, Ma."

Darkness at the break of noon
Shadows even the silver spoon
The handmade blade, the child's balloon
Eclipses both the sun and moon

"Try to sit down and write something like that. There's a magic to that, and it's not Siegfried and Roy kind of magic, you know? It's a different kind of a penetrating magic. And, you know, I did it. I did it at one time."

Does he think he can do it again today? No, says Dylan. "You can't do something forever," he says. "I did it once, and I can do other things now. But, I can't do that."
Transcript, 60 Minutes interview by Ed Bradley, 06/07/2004

"Dylan is a strange, dubious character. He has more to do with the Lone Ranger than John Wayne--"Who was that masked man?" He keeps his distance. He is from somewhere else. He not only speaks in riddles, he lives in them. For more than ten years, he has had more in common with a dead blues singer or old-time ballad singer than with any contemporary.

I think the reason the changes in his voice have not much been commented on--and I think this because your question made me realize how completely I'd ignored the question myself--is that, despite changes in tone, pitch, clarity, etc.--any formal description--the attack, the point of view, the way in which the voice enters a piece of music, what it does there, how it gets out, or how the music gets away, if it does--has not changed. That is: it remains unpredictable. It's music as a game of three-card monte. This hasn't always been true. It wasn't true for Slow Train, Saved, Shot of Love, Infidels. But the way in which the singer works on "The Drifter's Escape," "Like a Rolling Stone," "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll," and "High Water" defines Dylan as a singer, and defines his voice, in the greatest sense. As long as Dylan can draw breath, I imagine this will matter more than the actual sound he makes--because the twisting and turning that goes on in performances like these, the ability to bring a whole world into focus with the dramatization of a single syllable--the first "care" in "High Water" say--is the actual sound he makes."

Greil Marcus

“The greatest rhymer of the last 50 years.”
Prof. Christopher Ricks, Boston University
Author, Dylan's Visions of Sin, reviewed here at The New York Times: 'Dylan's Visions of Sin': It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Reading)
[Note: Prof. Ricks was a former professor of T.S. Minton blogs editor & publisher Steve Minton at the aforementioned institution]

Sunday, July 22, 2007

And now a word from Osho...
(A funny little lecture on the "F word" and its versatile meanings)

Osho - Strange Consequences

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Comments from the Peanut Gallery
(Letters to the editor)

"Watched and listened [to "Ted Loman's UFOAZ and Off the Record Videos" - ed.]. I will recommend it to others for sure. Keep up the good work."
Tina Dugay
Chaityana Cultural Center
Tucson, Arizona

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Emerging from the eccentricly eclectic mish-mash of music...

and often woefully near-Maoist and well-nigh seditious politics endorsed by Tucson's one-of-a-kind community radio station KXCI 91.3 FM...a song has been burrowing into my brain...with lyrics of such brutal no bullshit honesty and vocal delivery of such uncompromisingly expressed emotional ambivalence that it brooks rare comparison to those of Paul Westerberg's of the Replacements from their testament to pure vitality Let It Be (1984)...


by Jenny Owen Youngs (who would have been about 3 years old when the aforementioned masterpiece was released).
[Note: the version which really does it for me is not the linked Youtube video above but the MySpace song linked below. - ed]

"One two three, I still hate me
There's no one else who I know how to be
Four five six, oh your body makes me sick
Don't take it away from me just yet
There's no one I can think of that I can stand less than you
Don't you want to touch my hands before you go?
I think I'm confused."

Neon collages...and a chivalrous southwestern vision...
by Mary Alice Bennett

(C) Mary Alice Bennett

Any day is a good day...for a few more from Charla Gené.

Noontime visitor...
"This Pigmy Owl was cooling off in my garden. 106 degrees today. So cute that I had to take a picture!"

"Butterflies like them too!"

"Zauschneria hummingbird trumpet"

These California natives want hot sun, good garden soil in a protected spot,and lots of water. They are a hummingbird favorite with profuse red flowers blooming late summer and fall. They grow back bigger and better every year.

"At least my pictures have a home on your blog. Most of the time, it’s more luck than patience. Also, learning how not to scare the little creatures away. They are my outdoor pets. Some of them know me and put a good vibe out totheir fellow creatures :) ...

Keep water, and a cool place in your yard, and they will come. . ."


"'s 109 degrees today! The quails came by, and I was able to get a picture of one chick...almost actual size."

"Hope the Tucson monsoons bring you a lot of interesting creatures to enjoy!"

Thursday, July 05, 2007

More from the vaults...
Artwork of the T.S. Minton

"The day Johnny took magic taffy", 1994
Post-psychedelic, to be more accurate.

"This is the age of video violence", 1994 - 1996
(From a song title by Lou Reed.)
Praying to the gods of Amerian culture: TV, money, power; and as far as sex...well, notice the look of bemused concern on the face of our preoccupied and vegetated protagonist's woman.

"Eddie makes a beeline for the bike", 1994 (altered with Photoshop, 2007)
No idea how this one popped out of the outskirts of my subconscious.

(C) T.S. Minton. All rights reserved.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

My ears were practically blown back by the mesmerizing torrent of sound...

That's how I felt when I stopped by Tucson's Access Tucson TV studios last night and happened upon Dan Harrigan's Noche de Sonora show...featuring that night Bisbee's Latin fusion band La Mezcla...

Founder Jim Harrelson.

Richard "Hunting Crow" Speer: Haight Ashbury veteran and understudy of Santana drummer Pete Valasquez.

"Jim Harrelson founded La Mezcla in 2005, after traveling throughout Latin America and Europe. His influences range from the flamenco guitar rhythms, to Ruben Blades of Panama, and Silvio Rodriguez of Cuba. He was first introduced to Latin music by friends within the exiled Chilean community living in Montreal - His love of music grew as he lived and traveled throughout Mexico, Latin America and Europe. Jim’s unique adaptations of their songs, as well as his own song writing and playing, has won crowds over from Mexico to Arizona and even the streets of Amsterdam. Accompanied by jazz guitarist Scott Baekeland on bass, Michael Panos on guitar and mandolin, with Richard Speer and Lonnie Brock on congas and drums, La Mezcla is becoming a featured band throughout Southern Arizona and along the Mexican border. Bisbee native Phil Hirales adds his passionate trumpet, sax, flute, and keyboards to the mix."

Harrigan and Son: Live Music Showcase
"Few opportunities exist for singers and musicians to perform on live TV. Harrigan and Son offers the chance for anyone to perform on either of our two Live Music Showcases, Noche de Sonora and Harrigan Afterhours. Noche de Sonora features the finest multicultural music west of the Pecos including Mariachi, Norteño, Cumbia, Tex-Mex, Waila, and Chicken Scratch. To learn more about Noche de Sonora and how to appear on it click on the wall. Harrigan Afterhours offers a full spectrum of musical performances and types of music including Folk, Country, Rock 'n' Roll, Indian, Classical, Folk Rock, and Bluegrass. Harrigan Afterhours is also an open door for Non-musical performance. We have had Magicians, clowns, dancers and mimes. To learn more about Harrigan Afterhours and how to appear on it click on Noche de Sonora and Harrigan Afterhours is Public Access TV at it's best. Noche de Sonora and Harrigan Afterhours is Public Access TV at its best."

For the discerning collector of all things Al Perry...

We hereby present these extremely rare and extremely cool fliers for past appearanaces of Mr. Perry at Tucson's Club T.S. Minton Blogs regular Mary Alice Bennett.

Mary Alice Bennett