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Buried in the Basement

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dylan with dylan freakSo, who’s that you got locked up in your basement now, eh?

I’m finally getting around to this Christmas present from SuziQ — Bob Dylan and The Band: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete. If I wasn’t listening to this gem within minutes of receiving it, that’s only because I’ve needed to clear up some space on my iPad, which is becoming my iGadget devoted mostly to iTunes and iBooks. But now watch for this collection of tunes to start showing up on my Twitter feed.

And curiously, no more than a day or two before I received this CD collection, quite by accident — hunting for a particular Dylan quote I had in mind, not even thinking about The Basement Tapes — I stumbled across The Basement Tapes Wiki (Beta). Which if nothing else I’ll be linking to as I continue to update this post during the course of listening to this new CD collection in my Dylan library.

Thank you, SuziQ!!

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11 January 2015 at 12:04 am

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Turning Lights Back On

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ingrid michaelsonPressure-washing the rust from these halls has been one task to be done for aftermath. Replacing burned-out bulbs and turning all the lights back on will be another.

Like, getting the music libraries on my iMachines back up and singing. Shifting laptops, strange things going on in my iTunes software, several reinstallations on the iMachines and general confusion following my shenanigans have left my playlists in shambles, in many cases with very little of my original stash left on hand. During clutter control this past week, I did locate back-up of some of the old stuff on a dusty flash drive, and will be refreshing all that soon. But also have been picking up a few new CDs.

For one, Ingrid Michaelson‘s Lights Out. Tracks added to my iPod’s Music —

  1. Home [4:24]
  2. Girls Chase Boys [3:41]
  3. Wonderful Unknown [5:01]
  4. You Got Me [3:13]
  5. Warpath [2:27]
  6. Handsome Hands [3:36]
  7. Time Machine [3:32]
  8. One Night Town [3:14]
  9. Open Hands [4:06]
  10. Ready To Lose [3:33]
  11. Stick [3:35]
  12. Afterlife [4:04]
  13. Over You [4:43]
  14. Everyone Is Gonna Love Me Now [5:17]

And all my online track listings have gone belly-up. Mainly because I made the gross mistake of trusting them to Google – really really bad choice. But it’s a good example of where cross-device online public access to my content is useful to me. So although I’m rebuilding my track listings under my offline system, one of these days I’ll turn the lights back on for my combined listings.

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24 July 2014 at 4:31 pm

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Newly Old Tunes

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Since B&N had it on sale, I’ve added Marty Robbins’ Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs to my iPod tunes collection. After 45-50 years (as in, since back before lethal injection was preferred over hanging), I still remember many of the words to these songs, from the vinyl version I grew up on —

  1. Big Iron [3:55]
  2. A Hundred And Sixty Acres [1:40]
  3. They’re Hanging Me Tonight [3:04]
  4. Cool Water [3:09]
  5. Billy The Kid [2:19]
  6. Utah Carol [3:13]
  7. The Strawberry Roan [3:23]
  8. The Master’s Call [3:05]
  9. Running Gun [2:10]
  10. El Paso [4:19]
  11. In The Valley [1:48]
  12. The Little Green Valley [2:26]
  13. The Hanging Tree [2:50]
  14. Saddle Tramp [2:03]
  15. El Paso (full-length version) [4:38]
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26 May 2012 at 12:02 pm

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After the Last Waltz

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Huge holes remain in what I would consider a basic collection of tracks for my iPod and iPhone, and I know I’ll never possess the extraordinary collection a colleague of mine once had. Even so, no better time than today for filling one of those holes, in memory of Levon Helm, who died today.

So my collection now has Dirt Farmer

  1. False Hearted Lover Blues
  2. Poor Old Dirt Farmer
  3. The Mountain
  4. Little Birds
  5. The Girl Left Behind
  6. Calvary
  7. Anna Lee
  8. Got Me a Woman
  9. A Train Robbery
  10. Single Girl, Married Girl
  11. Blind Child
  12. Feelin’ Good
  13. Wide River To Cross

“He shall be Levon.”

(Mark this as my 4th purchase from iTunes, after finding their download price sufficiently below B&N’s price, even with my B&N 10% discount on top of a special 15% discount B&N coupon.)

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19 April 2012 at 9:43 pm

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My First iTunes Purchases

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I’m like the boy last left standing on the boat dock after every other kid has jumped into the water, unsure whether it’ll be too cold for me or what else might be swimming below the surface or whether I’ll stay afloat or any other excuse I can come up with. More than six months after they went ahead and got me an iPod for my birthday when I was in no position to return it, and more than three months after I grudgingly went ahead and switched to an iPhone as long as Suzi was getting one too, until now I’d avoided actually purchasing any music on iTunes.

And as long as there is a Half Price Books anywhere near me, I may not have purchased my last CD. But Suzi’s right, that I don’t really listen to CDs anymore, rather only burn them to any of the last CD-equipped computers we have left, then sync them to the iDevices. I’d felt the CDs to provide me better assurance that if anything went wrong, like how my Zen vision:m quit working, I’d still always have the CD to burn again; but now I’ve lost upwards of 20% of my CD stockpile somewhere in the clutter, so that’s no excuse anymore.

So, my first iTunes purchase: Ingrid Michaelson, singing her The Way I Am. Like how I can remember nearly fifty years later the first time I ever heard Dylan, I won’t ever forget the first time I heard this song sung, and it plays often in my head, always bringing me a warm smile. So it makes for a solid first dip in the iTunes swimming hole.

And then if it were not going to be my first iTunes singles purchase, then my first iTunes album purchase could be none other than Dennis Brain doing the 2nd horn concerto composed by Ricard Strauss. Of course, picking up the 1st horn concerto and the Hindemith for the ride. My all-time favorite music of all – even including anything Dylan – is Strauss’ 2nd horn concerto, and nobody – not even Tuckwell – will ever come even remotely close to comparing to Brain. If ever I want to try to explain what I look for in music, all I need do is key up a few particular measures early on in that 2nd horn concerto and have Brain play side by side to Tuckwell; and like comparing a French chardonney to a Californian chardonney, my tastes in music become very obvious.

Not yet but soon will be my third iTunes purchase, a single: Space Oddity, by David Bowie. Because some 12-14 years ago, even before we had smart phones or PIMs or even mp3 files or the like, I used to have a clock radio that played Space Oddity (from a CD long ago lost) to as the alarm that would wake me every morning. After that, we’ll be needing to set a ration level for me, else I’m very likely to spend our entire tax refund and more stuffing my iDevices with all the Beethoven and Philip Glass and Keith Jarrett and AWOL Dylan and on and on, hours and hours of listening pleasure. There, that’s one last advantage CDs had over iTunes: although I tested the boundaries of our CD storage areas, at least there was a bit of a restriction on how much how quickly I could reasonably accumulate; whereas since iTunes takes up no more space than what my computer’s hard drive can stomach, I could too easily crave years’ worth of music at a moment’s notice.

What were your first iTunes purchases, and why? (I won’t put that in terms of “what would be,” since I’m sure I must be the last kid on the block to be in on this game.)

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16 April 2012 at 1:46 pm

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Shuffle #4

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After syncing the Cohen 2008 concert CD added to my collection this week, we’re now shuffling out of 4377 tracks –

1 – Rollin’ and Tumblin’. Bob Dylan. Modern Times. [6:01/6:01] Good one to queue up next bout of insomnia.
2 – Barrytown. Steely Dan. Pretzel Logic. [3:22/9:23] Doing things strange.
3 – Sinner’s Prayer. Ray Charles & B.B. King. Genius Loves Company. [4:25/13:48] I could do with more of B.B. on the Zen.
4 – Where Are You Tonight? (Journey Through Dark Heat) Bob Dylan. Street Legal. [6:16/20:04] Mediocre.
5 – Charmaine. Jim Reeves. The Unforgettable Jim Reeves. [2:11/22:15] When blue birds are mating?
6 – Villanelle for Our Time. Leonard Cohen. Dear Heather. [5:56/28:11] Lennie recites a villanelle!!
7 – Houston. (unidentified artist and album) [2:57/31:08] A country & western number, from one of the mp3 files Jim sent me, I think. “Here I am in Houston, and I’m one day closer to you.”
8 – Meeting Across the River. Bruce Springsteen. Born to Run. [3:19/34:27] Pure gold from the Boss! One of the best I’ve ever heard for rhyming and keeping form in something that still sounds like it came straight off the street!
9 – Island Girl. Elton John. Greatest Hits 1970-2002 (Disc 1). [3:44/38:11] Not one of my faves from Elton.
10 – Most Anything You Want. Iron Butterfly. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. [3:42/41:53] One of those never-heard pieces from the flip side.
11 – Sing Another Song Boys. Leonard Cohen. Songs of Love and Hate. [6:15/48:08] “They’ll never, they’ll never ever reach the moon, at least not the one that they’re after.”
12 – Love’s Recovery. Indigo Girls. Artist’s Choice: Sarah McLachlan. [4:22/52:30]
13 – Stories of the Street. Leonard Cohen. The Songs of Leonard Cohen. [4:35/57:05] Curious! – without hitting any of the tracks from the new Lennie concert CD, the Zen still seems to sense that this shuffle belongs to the man born with the gift of a golden voice!
14 – Stagger Lee. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. Murder Ballads. [5:15/1:02:20] Let’s just say this one won’t go out to the pool CD player, unless we wish to be exiled from the neighborhood.
15 – 17 Year Locust. Rob Zombie. Educated Horses. [4:06/1:06:26] We’re in that segment of the shuffle, one would gather.
16 – Are You Ready? The Fairfield Four. Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan. [2:36/1:09:02] LOL! The previous two tracks in this shuffle had me thinking that I needed maybe George Beverly Shea or one of the praise songs to queue up, to wash my head out. This about does the job.
17 – The Girl from Ipanema. Astrud Gilberto. Classics in the Key of G. [4:03/1:13:05] Still steering clear of the Cave/Zombie mudhole.
18 – Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? Jim Reeves. Golden Hits. [1:29/1:14:34] He keeps forgetting. . .
19 – To the Sons of Man. Killswitch Engage. Alive of Just Breathing. [2:02/1:16:36] Headfirst back into the mudhole. This one will be one of the first to disappear when I get short of space.
20 – From Me to You. The Beatles. 1. [1:56/1:18:32] We’ve had several that were under 2 minutes this shuffle.
21 – Thoughtless Kind. John Cale. Fragments of a Rainy Season. [2:40/1:21:12] So if you get tired of the friends you made?
22 – Love Touch. Rod Stewart. Encore: The Very Best of Rod Stewart, Vol. 2. [4:03/1:25:15] Is this Rod’s first appearance in the shuffles?
23 – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart. Elton John & Kiki Dee. Greatest Hits 1970-2002 (Disc 2). [4:28/1:29:43]
24 – Parlami d’ Amore &etc. The Three Tenors. Best of the Three Tenors. [2:51/1:32:34] Can one get much farther from track #19 of this shuffle? Not just in style, but in quality, in ability, in reality even?
25 – I’m So Blue. Veggie Tales. [3:28/1:36:02] Ditto, although perhaps not at the same hoity toity level as the tenors.
26 – Stairway to Heaven on Glass Harmonica. Peter Bennett. [1:42/1:37:44] Another sub-2min track. We;re headed for a record low with this shuffle’s duration.
27 – Mary Was Pretty. The Kingston Trio. The Capitol Years (Disc 2) [2:04/1:39:46] And another relatively short one. They needed to know more women? Nah, Joanie would’ve thrown a fit.
28 – Angie. The Rolling Stones. Jump Back: The Best of the Rolling Stones 1971-1993. [4:32/1:44:18]
29 – The Island. Barbra Streisand. A Love Like Ours. [4:37/1:48:55] Absent a miracle, we won’t break the 2-hour threshold for this shuffle….
30 – Flute 1. Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. Indian Classical Maestros Vol.1. [26:50/2:15:45] …And we get our miracle in the form of one of my Indian music CDs! This shuffle had been aiming for a record low below 1:59, then shot to a record high past 2:11!!

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29 August 2009 at 7:08 pm

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Zen Shuffle 3

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Shuffle 30 out of 4340 tracks, including 3 episodes of The Writer’s Almanac synced over this past week –
1 – I Can’t Keep from Crying, Sometimes. The Blues Project. Anthology (Disc 2). [4:27] Good Al Kooper to start this shuffle, but one I’ve rarely heard played.
2 – Colorado Trail. The Kingston Trio. The Capitol Years (Disc 2). [2:50/7:17] Not one of the ones on any of the several KT records I had during my childhood, so this one is relatively unknown to me. This shuffle starts with two of my fave groups, but with rare numbers from them.
3 – Spirit on the Water. Bob Dylan. Modern Times. [7:42/14:59] We continue the draft touch of this shuffle: core in terms of singer or group, but with the song itself one of the lesser heard numbers.
4 – All the Way. Brian McKnight (with Kenny G). Paradise. [4:18/19:17] Still not yet touching a number that would be in the top thousand if I ranked them all precisely, although it does still belong on my device.
5 – 4th of July, Adbury Park (Sandy). Bruce Springsteen. The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle. [5:36/24:53] Ah, there we go, at least into my top 500, maybe even top 250. This is one I enjoy dancing to, singing to, great great Bruce.
6 – Romeo and Juliet. Dire Straits. Alchemy. [8:17/33:10] Another in my top 500! And we’re going to easily break the 2-hour ceiling on this shuffle if we keep pulling down these longer numbers. Not that I mind.
7 – Black Sunshine. Iggy Pop (with Rob Zombie). Past, Present & Future ` “` (Disc 1). [4:49/37:59] Back down to the lower quadrant: still belongs on the Zen, but ain’t up near the top.
8 – Most Likely You’ll Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine. Bob Dylan. Biograph (Disc 1). [3:29/41:28] Two from Bob out of the first 8? That’s my Zen!
9 – Crow Jane. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. Murder Ballads. [4:14/45:42]
10 – Elegy. Michael Maxwell. Elegance of Pachelbel. [7:15/52:57] Here’s an inversion!–a fave number by an artist I’d never even be able to pick out of a multiple choice police line-up!! This is my top fave from this CD we’ve listened to hundreds of times both awake and asleep.
11 – The Pretender. Jackson Browne. The Next Voice You Hear: The Best of Jackson Browne. [5:51/58:48] Used to be the theme song for the sitcom of my life.
12 – Cocks ‘n’ Asses. Nick Cave. B-Sides & Rarities (Disc 1). [5:43/1:04:31] What and what? Let’s just say we won’t be queueing this one up on our poolside CD player. Meanwhile, we’ve crossed the 1-hour mark in record time; I need to pause here and recharge the Zen battery.

And will take the opportunity to sync 10 additional tracks: a few more episodes of The Writer’s Almanac, along with some recent episodes of Wait Wait. So when I pick it back up, the final 18 will be shuffled up out of 4350 tracks –
13 – Don’t Cry Blue. Jonathan Edwards. Jonathan Edwards. [2:44/1:07:15] Good song (although not my fave) from a great CD. (Dont you cry either, Cuddles.)
14 – Natasha. Rufus Wainwright. Want One. [3:28/1:10:43] Relaxing, maybe. But I never have gotten all that much into Wainwright, so this one might even rank in the lowest several hundred.
15 – Henry Lee. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. Murder Ballads. [3:58/1:14:41] Not one of my top faves from Nick Cave, but shows how little emotion I feel toward Wainwright’s to call this one at least a thousand higher than that one stood. And as for randomization?-Note this is the second from Cave’s Murder Ballads CD.
16 – High Water. Bob Dylan. The Bootleg Series, Vol.8: Tell Tale Signs (Disc 1). [6:46/1:21:27] Still plugging away quite steadily toward a new record for shuffle duration.
17 – I’m a Changed Man. Otis Redding. Dreams to Remember: The Otis Redding Anthology (Disc 2). [2:22/1:23:49] Cutting down the average track time for this shuffle set, but not a bad track for rounding out the diversity.
18 – Easy Does It. Al Kooper. Easy Does It. [5:28/1:29:17] Belt it on out, Al! Blast from my 12th grade past! And “when I grew a little older….”
19 – How Beautiful are the Feet of Them. London Philharmonic Choir. Handel’s Messiah (Disc 2). [3:07/1:32:24] Another good one for rounding out the shuffle set’s diversity.
20 – By the Time I Get to Phoenix. Glen Campbell. The Very Best of Glen Campbell. [2:47/1:35:11] Ah yes, reaching back even further into high school day memories!
21 – On Again, Off Again. Sean Lennon. Friendly Fire. [3:18/1:38:29] Another mild diversity-widening track – as with Wainwright, I’ve never quite clicked with John’s kid the way I have done with Bob’s.
22 – I Shall Be Released. Bob Dylan. The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3. [2:10/1:40:39] My Zen has this mis-labeled (as is the case on several dozen scattered tracks, the source of the problem unknown) – the track being played is from the same CD, but is Santa Fé.
23 – She Belongs To Me. North Country. North Country: Pickin’ Bob Dylan. [3:26/1:44:05] And I don’t even know what they’re trying to pick here, but it sure doesn’t sound like She Belongs To Me. I suppose maybe it is, but . . .
24 – The Writer’s Almanac for 8/19/2009. [5:16/1:49:21] Ah cute! Only this past week did I begin downloading podcasts of The Writer’s Almanac, and already it’s creeping into my shuffles.
25 – O Caritas. Cat Stevens. Catch Bull at Four. [3:42/1:53:03] He should make sure to sing this one at any current concerts, especially if they ever let him set foot in the U.S. again.
26 – All Heaven Declares. Jack Hayford. Men in Worship. [2:28/1:55:31] Another good diversity-widening track.
27 – Coast of California. The Kingston Trio. The Capitol Years (Disc 2). [2:38/1:58:09] Now creeping toward that 2-hour mark.
28 – Across the Universe. The Beatles. Let It Be…Naked (Disc 1). [3:38/2:01:47] Finally passing the 2-hour threshold. We were originally stretching for a record on this shuffle, but then slowed down. We had reached the 2-hour mark on the 27th track for shuffle set #2 last week.
29 – People Ain’t No Good. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. The Boatman’s Call. [5:41/2:06:28] Nick gets the prize this shuffle, claiming three of the thirty slots.
30 – Don’t Fence Me In. Mitch Miller. Sing Along with Mitch. [2:05/2:08:33] And we come in slightly more than three minutes under last week’s duration record. Even so, a familiar one to close out this shuffle, fitting nicely with earlier selections from The Kingston Trio and Glen Campbell.

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23 August 2009 at 8:01 am

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