Right, I’m slightly late with this one, so evidently “record of the week” isn’t going to be on EXACTLY the same day every week but I’ll still definitely try to get at least one up weekly. It just means that you readers might have to check back more often, or you could even introduce an element of fun into my lack of organisation and place bets on which day I’ll post the record, it’s up to you.
Anyway, this song’s one of my favourites off Bob Dylan’s seminal “The Freewheelin’…” album. I really like how his voice is in this one, you can hear all the mannerisms of an early, folk-oriented and Guthrie-obsessed Bob, but there’s an added cheekiness. Listen to the way he says “I’ve been looking all over for a girl like you, I can’t find nobody so you’ll have to do!” and you’ll know what I mean. The song is about being unlucky and desperate in love, but that little touch of tongue-in-cheek over the top of the brisk blues guitar gives it the overall tone of an upbeat, lighthearted and genuinely funny little song.
Here it is for your enjoyment, Bob Dylan with “Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance”:
Right, this site has been up for a little while now, publicly declaring its melodious virtue with little more to show than a few languid lines from my notebook.
The time for me to breathe some actual auditory delight into it is upon us in the form of the first “Record of the week” (to be updated weekly from today…).
I was reminded of this tune as it floated out of the speakers toward me whilst I watched “The Boat that Rocked” (the yanks amongst you know this as “Pirate Radio” for some reason), not the best film by a long shot but the soundtrack and Rhys Ifans’ attire make me overlook this and have a watch every now and again.
Here we have it then, The Box Tops, with “The Letter”:
I want this to be a sort of written record of the ecstatically transportative harmony between the soul and art, with a particular focus on the often overlapping aesthetics of music and written word.
I think sometimes that the importance of that subtle, spiritual comfort we can draw from consuming and creating these forms of expression, be it poem or prose, rhythm or rhyme, song or sound, can be easily overlooked and so this page will exist for me to openly publish my own ideas and possibly to review other artists’ work (past and present), in an attempt to develop my connection to these arts and to emancipate my own creativity from such shackles as self-judgement and apathy (every poet’s worst enemies!). I don’t want to define it too much at this stage however, I feel I would only be limiting myself from the aforementioned creative liberty.
The page is also open for the sharing of ideas as well so if there are any comments that you as a reader might want to make, they’ll be read and much appreciated.
I’m off now but am eager to get back very soon so that the page’s first scraps and poems can begin to gather with the swift clarity of the freshest four-in-the-morning dew. Until I post again, adieu.