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Dylan To Perform At WH – Song Requests?

From The Federal Times:

Bob Dylan to perform at White House Wednesday

If you’re looking for something to do Wednesday evening after our next expected round of snow, you might want to check out www.whitehouse.gov beginning at 5:15 p.m. Bob Dylan will be one of at least a dozen musical acts performing that night in the East Room to honor the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and the White House will stream the whole thing live on their Web site.

Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson, Joan Baez, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Smokey Robinson and John Mellencamp are among the other musicians to be featured at “In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement.” President Obama will deliver the opening remarks, and guest speakers will include actors Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Queen Latifah. If you miss it online, it will be aired on Washington’s PBS station WETA Thursday at 8 p.m…

We have been trying to think of some song suggestions.

Ballad Of A Thin Man (Something is happening here and you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones.)

A Hard Rain Is Going To Fall

The Times They Are A-Changing

Only A Pawn In Their game

Tangled Up In Blue

Blowing In The Wind…

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 8th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

30 Responses to “Dylan To Perform At WH – Song Requests?”

  1. texaspsue says:

    How about the song … “Senor” LOL http://tinyurl.com/ybgp2oq

  2. amber says:

    I vote for “SAVED” written by Bob Dylan, not sure if he ever sang it:

    I was blinded by the devil, born already ruined
    Stone-cold as I stepped out of the womb
    By His grace I have been touched
    By His word I have been healed
    By His hand I’ve been delivered
    By His spirit I’ve been sealed

    Now I’ve been saved by the blood of the Lamb
    I’m saved by the blood of the Lamb
    And I’m so glad
    Yes, I’m so glad
    Now I’m so glad (So glad)
    I want to thank you, Lord
    I just want to thank you, Lord
    Thank You, Lord (Thank You, Lord)

    By His truth I can be upright
    By His strength I can endure
    By His power I’ve been lifted
    In His love I am secure
    He bought me with a price
    Freed me from the pit
    Full of emptiness and wrath
    And the fire that burns in it

    Nobody to rescue me
    Nobody would dare
    I was going down for the last time
    But by His mercy I’ve been spared
    Not by works
    But by faith in Him who called
    For so long I’ve been hindered
    For so long I’ve been stalled

  3. U NO HOO says:

    Why so many old white guys on the program?

    Just aksing.

  4. philmarlowe says:

    ‘Maggie’s Farm’ comes to mind. ‘Slow Train’ and ‘When You Gonna Wake Up.’ How about ‘Things Have Changed?’
    Something truly appropriate is ‘Everything is Broken.’

    Dylan has a lot to offer to the more conservative-minded listener. He had some vaguely positive things to say about Obama after the election but he is not a knee-jerk liberal.

    • Steve says:

      Mr. Dylan is very big on personal responsibility.

      I think he thought Mr. Obama is, too.

      Hopefully, he has probably realized by now that he is not.

    • Confucius says:

      I don’t know the man. (Mostly because I hate his voice.) But are you sure?

      From the Los Angeles Times:

      Bob Dylan’s neighbors sing outhouse blues

      Bob Pool
      March 17, 2009

      How sweet is life when you live next to a celebrity in Malibu?

      Outside Bob Dylan’s house, the answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.

      That’s what some of the singer-songwriter’s neighbors are charging in an increasingly odoriferous dispute over a portable toilet at his sprawling ocean view estate on Point Dume.

      Residents contend that the nighttime sea breeze sends a noxious odor from a portable toilet on Dylan’s property wafting into their homes. The stench has made members of one family ill and forced them to abandon their bedrooms on warm nights, they say.

      For more than six months, Dylan, 67, has ignored their complaints and their pleas to remove the outhouse, the downwind neighbors say.

      “It’s a scandal — ‘Mr. Civil Rights’ is killing our civil rights,” said David Emminger, whose home is directly behind the toilet — which is apparently intended for use by employees of the entertainer best known for his 1960s-era protest songs. …

      Dylan, who has lived in a compound next to Bluewater Road for more than two decades, did not respond to inquiries about the toilet. Neither did his New York-based attorney. …

      In January, one inspector reported that a city code enforcement officer was turned away by Dylan’s security staff and told that he was trespassing. “He said they were going to sue the city,” the inspector said.

      Guards who staff a security shack near the edge of Dylan’s compound around the clock are among those who utilize the toilet, neighbors say.


  5. wardmama4 says:

    I can not for the life of me – why a bunch of people who Idolize youth, claim that the vile republicans only look back and want to drag everyone screaming and kicking back a hundred years (blah, blah, blah) continually use decades old music and musicians as their ‘soundtrack’?

    I love a lot of the music from the 60s & 70s – when I was growing up – not always the message but yes the music – but if I hear one more damn commercial backed up with some 70s song – I will delete my entire songlist.

    I’m sick of it.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      You’ve basically struck paydirt on part of the liberal mystique, wm4. I believe it stems not from embracing youth, but instead by trying to recapture their own. In other words, refusing to grow up as well as grow old.

    • proreason says:

      “it stems not from embracing youth, but instead by trying to recapture their own.”

      More likely, there just isn’t much good music being written nowadays.

      Up to the 50’s, music was just about music and the voice, but the performance aspect became more important when TV took hold of the country. You can easily see how shaking it became more and more important from Elvis through the 80’s, and then Madonna took it to a new level.

      Now the performance far outweighs the music. if that strikes you as incorrect, hum a few bars from your latest rap favorite.

      So the bottom line is now, other than country music and the tamest backwaters of pop, the least important element of “music” is music.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I beg to differ, a little.

      As a child, I was allowed full access to my parents’ music where everything from “Cherry Blossom Pink & Apple Blossom White” was in the collection and as the years progressed, Sinatra, Moody Blues and so on…all the way up to the time I graduated high school. My parents loved music in almost all its forms. My first exposure to Johnny Cash was on one of dad’s original SUN labeled 45’s. My first LP I ever bought (for $3.99) was Johnny Cash, Live At San Quentin.

      Many records and listening hours later, I was a club DJ spinning pop/dance tunes in the 80’s on Friday and Saturday nights. I enjoyed a huge variety from Phil Collins to Madona and up to ZZ Top and everything in-between. That is, until the Beastie Boys showed up and it all went horribly wrong and I discovered my own “generation gap”. Although my own personal listening time leaned toward country, my collection was very eclectic. However, as rap became more and more en vogue, I quit the DJ job and never looked back. Each generation has its own music that it identifies as it brings out the memories and the emotions. I often remember what I was doing better one year to the next if I can remember the popular tunes of that time.

      I agree that it’ll be hard to fathom the “oldies” station playing Snoop Dog or anything like that since I find it repulsive and though clever at times, it’s an attitude thing and it’s not that I don’t understand it; It’s that I just cant stand it at all. The kids have driven a bigger wedge between what was and what is than anything Elvis and the Big Bopper and Jerry Lee were ever accused of doing.

      I doubt that Pelosi likes any country music. Though stereotyped as drunken fall-down in the gutter songs, they are usually upbeat and do the same thing that the more “cultured” rock and roll did, albeit in perhaps simpler, more direct terms but actually with just a different structure and melody. Today’s “country” often lacks the twang, the humor and the touch that it used to, instead, often approaching what the Eagles did in the 70’s, or even rearranging a pop soul hit that might not otherwise make it on the charts. However, many times, you’ll hear a soul female artist belting out the same tune that will appear in more “bubble-gum” style on the country station.

      But we are agreed on rap, that’s for sure. My point was that the clingers of the 60’s want very badly to stay there. It’s maybe where their mind gelled and the first time they latched onto a thought that made them feel stronger. The teen years are noted for passion over practicality, and so they should be. But to ignore the notion that they aren’t nostalgic and desire to once again feel that surge of emotion they once had when everybody “tuned in, turned on and dropped out” is to ignore that Pelosi is the poster child for bitter anger.

      There is a ton of excellent music being written these days but it doesn’t get air time. You’re right in that the market drives the charts, who gets contracts and (yuck) just watch Simon on “American Idle” (idol). It’s a new take on an old thing…from the Gong Show to Ed McMahon’s “Star Search” to whatever it was in the 50’s and 60’s. I don’t recall. If the 60’s was about the message, then the new century is about the bucks and the market. But, even in the 60’s it was about that. Record execs got to pretend to be hip at Capital, RCA, etc while raking in huge amounts of money on record sales. To them “the message” was secondary, I’m sure.

      For me, if I like what I hear, I might buy the CD or download the tune. I have satellite radio in the truck and listen to the Outlaw which has rarely heard in public music by “obscure” artists who write good stuff. Occasionally, a big headliner is heard, but not one of their mainstream, market goodies. I am a huge fan of Robert Earl Keen. Not many know who he is outside of Texas but he has a large and growing following.

      But I think the reason The Who and many of the other bands of the 60’s are still in demand is the desire for people to escape to the time of their youth, to forget about the day-to-day BS we all deal with and so on. But I have run into multitudes of people who’s collection starts at 1959 and goes to 1969 and no farther. Anything Boston did is “garbage”. And so on.

      MOST of us like to enjoy the music of our youth…but I think liberals don’t just want to hear it…they truly desire a time-machine to take them back to their days of free love, smoking pot and not having to deal with the man, man. You know, before they had to pay bills, get a job, GROW UP…and all that.

    • JohnMG says:

      That’s some heavy duty stuff, Rusty.

      I quit listening to contemporary music when I could no longer understand what the hell they were saying. And I swear, ‘rap’ is actually spelled “CRAP”……..the ‘c’ is silent. I’m sixty-three years old and I listen to country now because it reminds me of saner times (I know that may sound strange, but I think the music’s more honest).

      As far as a song for the Moron, (with a slight edit) how about Miranda Lambert’s (half) White Liar?

    • BobonStatenIsland says:

      First off; do you people actually think Obama grew up listening to Dylan? Nah. He was trying to identify with his Blackness, not his Whiteness. Not even on campus did he listen to Bob.

      Second; Rusty, I like your analysis, but everything changed in the music business in the 80’s when the accountants and lawyers took over the music business. That is also when Micheal Jackson showed them how to REALLY make money (that’s why he got such a big send off at the Grammy’s this year. it wasn’t so much that he changed music, but changed the business).

      Third; I have worked with many younger people in the last few years and found that they have a passion for all that music of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and even the 50’s. Rap has left them cold. Rap is too one dimensional. It will go the way of Disco or even less than Disco. Well, it would if the the radio would start playing some good music and that includes the “Classic Rock” stations that pretend to be the old Album Oriented Rock formats of the past and really play three songs from a dozen artists from 40 years ago over and over and over again. As a friend of mine says, if Martians landed today they would think David Bowie only did “Space Oddity” and “Changes”.

      Fourth; My pick for a song The ‘Bama would be “Desolation Row” or “Idiot Wind” or “Tears of Rage”.

  6. Cincinnatus says:

    “Positively Fourth Street”

    I wish that for just one time, you could stand inside my shoes
    And just for that one moment, I could be you.
    I wish that for just one time, you could stand inside my shoes,
    You’d know what a drag it is to see you.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      You stole my thunder but that’s ok………… “Positively Fourth Street” is a must!!

      Says it all to Mr. I’m Better Than You All.

  7. jobeth says:

    In view of his being stymied so often lately with all his plans, I can see this happening…This is MY “hope for change” :-D

    How about that old all time favorite of the 60s…

    “They’re coming to take me away Ha, Ha, Ho, Ho…They’re coming to take me away…..”

    If only…


  8. VMAN says:

    “Everybody must get stoned”

  9. Crapgame13 says:

    “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”

  10. proreason says:

    Maybe Dylan was the secret author of “Eve of Destruction”.

    Strike-thrus are some edits I made to bring it up to date.

    “The eastern western world, it is exploding
    Violence flarin’, bullets loadin’
    You’re old enough to kill, but not for votin’
    You don’t believe in war, but what’s that gun you’re totin’
    And even the Jordan River has bodies floatin’

    But you tell me
    Over and over and over again, my friend
    Ah, you don’t believe
    We’re on the eve
    of destruction.

    Don’t you understand what I’m tryin’ to say
    Can’t you feel the fears I’m feelin’ today?
    If the button is pushed, there’s no runnin’ away
    There’ll be no one to save, with the world in a grave
    [Take a look around ya boy, it’s bound to scare ya boy]

    And you tell me
    Over and over and over again, my friend
    Ah, you don’t believe
    We’re on the eve
    of destruction.

    Yeah, my blood’s so mad feels like coagulatin’
    I’m sitting here just contemplatin’
    I can’t twist the truth, it knows no regulation.
    Handful of senators don’t pass legislation
    And marches alone can’t bring integration conciliation
    When human respect is disintegratin’
    This whole crazy world is just too frustratin’

    And you tell me
    Over and over and over again, my friend
    Ah, you don’t believe
    We’re on the eve
    of destruction.

    Think of all the hate there is in Red China
    Then take a look around to Selma, Alabama Washington, DC
    You may leave here for 4 days in space
    But when you return, it’s the same old place
    The poundin’ of the drums, the pride and disgrace
    You can bury your dead, but don’t leave a trace
    Hate your next-door neighbor, but don’t forget to say grace
    And… tell me over and over and over and over again, my friend
    You don’t believe
    We’re on the eve
    Of destruction
    Mm, no no, you don’t believe
    We’re on the eve
    of destruction.

  11. Freedom615 says:

    “Tangled Up In BLUE?” How about “Tangled Up In Red?” As in RED ink in honor of our deficits, RED (statist, communist) policies coming out of the White House, it goes on and on…

  12. GetBackJack says:

    Dylan needs to cover these …

    #1 with an effing bullet – Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who (hands down and pulling away)

    segue to …

    Get Over It – The Eagles (Against the culture of grievance: “The big, bad world doesn’t owe you a thing.” There’s also this nice line: “I’d like to find your inner child and kick its little ass.”)

    slide into ..

    Cult of Personality – Living Color (A hard-rocking critique of state power, whacking Mussolini, Stalin, and even JFK: “I exploit you, still you love me / I tell you one and one makes three / I’m the cult of personality.”)

    We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister

    Clampdown – The Clash

    California Uber Alles – The Dead Kennedys

    Bodies – Sex Pistols (Violent and vulgar, but also a searing anti-abortion anthem by the quintessential punk band: “It’s not an animal / It’s an abortion.”)

    Neighborhood Bully – Bob Dylan – A pro-Israel song released in 1983, two years after the bombing of Iraq’s nuclear reactor, this ironic number could be a theme song for the Bush Doctrine: “He destroyed a bomb factory, nobody was glad / The bombs were meant for him / He was supposed to feel bad / He’s the neighborhood bully.”

    Right Here, Right Now – Jesus Jones (The words are vague, but they’re also about the fall of Communism and the end of the Cold War: “I was alive and I waited for this. . . . Watching the world wake up from history.”)

    Allentown – Billy Joel

    Maggies Farm – Bob Dylan

    Take This Job and Shove It – Johnny Paycheck

    What’s Going On? – Marvin Gaye

    Gloria – U2

    Heroes – David Bowie (A Cold War love song about a man and a woman divided by the Berlin Wall. No moral equivalence here: “I can remember / Standing / By the wall / And the guns / Shot above our heads / And we kissed / As though nothing could fall / And the shame / Was on the other side / Oh we can beat them / For ever and ever.”)

    Capitalism – Oingo Boingo (“There’s nothing wrong with Capitalism / There’s nothing wrong with free enterprise. . . . You’re just a middle class, socialist brat / From a suburban family and you never really had to work.”)

    Finish set with …

    You Can’t Always Get What You Want – Rolling Stones

  13. Rusty Shackleford says:

    My advice to anyone going to see Barry:

    Subterranean Homesick Blues: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMIlP4zB0EM

  14. CKO1986 says:

    I have just one quibble with the playlist at the top of this page:

    “The Times They Are A-Changing” should have been first on the list. :)

  15. rocketman says:

    ““They’re coming to take me away Ha, Ha, Ho, Ho…They’re coming to take me away…..”
    Now that is the best response today. Thanks JB

  16. jobeth says:

    Thanx RM :-D

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