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Monday, February 3, 2014

DYLAN SCORES-SEATTLE POUNDS-USING THE RAIN AND OTHER GOOD THINGS-CHEERS

GOOD THINGS
(For the Dylan surprise and the Super flop
read below--but first....)
     A painted sky, from the deck of friends Jacque and Mike.
THE FIRST RAIN OF THE YEAR
   The California drought was dampened with a bit of rain on Super Bowl Sunday.  A little more than an inch fell in the first measurable rain since last year, but conservation minded Californians went to work gathering what we could.
 Lana made repeated visit to empty a catchment vessel, filling storage containers. 
    The harvested rain water will irrigate a vegetable garden.
  All communities ought be more aggressive in harvesting rain flow. 
 MORE GOOD STUFF
   Comparing French Burgundy to Windward Pinot. Vintage tasting from 2000 to 2014. Our favorite was Windward in each year and these women are two of the best wine hostesses in the state, any year.
    Carpaccio covered with a Parmesan and truffle sauce!
    Catching the Moon and Venus in a ballet.
   And one more look at a rain wet deck-a delightful scene to dry Californians.
NOT SO GOOD
    Disappointed by the Super Bowl-not just the outcome, but the lack of excitement, balance, and competition.  Seattle's defense was relentless and effective. Denver's was not. 
     It is almost a sport to criticize Peyton Manning today, though not fair or objective. Manning never really got a chance, his line did very little to help, though his performance still set a record, but is of little consolation. Seattle's offense and especially Russell Wilson were champions. Seattle won the game, handily and deserve accolades.I wish it would have been closer, just because it would have been more fun. And while the Red Hot Chili Peppers are fun, I would have preferred a half time show with more Bruno Mars and less Peppers. But the party was cool, the company was great and the food was good, so, why should I complain.  Go 49ers!
     And while some of you are yelling "sell out," I was knocked out by the Bob Dylan Chrysler commercial. I certainly didn't see that coming! I was surprised that he'd do a commercial, yes, but I loved the tone and vibe of the piece he did.  
     I can't understand why folks would be upset. After all the music biz is just that, a business. Why shouldn't a poet, songwriter or rock star be able to earn a bit more by doing a commercial? It raises the quality of the advertising. Are artists supposed to give away paintings, or songs, or novels? I'm not sure it makes me want to buy a Chrysler, but I give them credit for making the American road, a patch of Highway 61.

    See you down the trail.

4 comments:

  1. Can't wait for the movie, "Sully and Murph Stop the Mannings." The story of how two Boston burn outs travel back in time to 1973 and convince Archie Manning that if he gets a vasectomy he can win the Super Bowl with the Saints. (stolen from Bill Simmon's mailbag)

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  2. We liked the Dylan commercial and ranked it in our top five favorite commercials. In spite of the drilling he took, I still think Peyton Manning is a class act, on and off the field.

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  3. Back in '65, halfway through a concert Dylan shifted from an acoustic to an electric guitar. He got the same response from fans then....sellout. His first song after picking up the electric was "It's all over now, baby blue".
    Another example might be Randy Newman, famous for such songs as "I love LA" and "Short People"......he's written more music for commercials than he's written for publishing.

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  4. Dylan can do anything he wants and it's still poetry. :-)

    Greetings from Minneapolis!

    Pearl

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