Thursday, March 22, 2007

a Subterranean frame of mind.

Soundtrack of my life. Life today, that is.

Have you ever heard a song that reminds you of something that’s happened in your life? You say, Wow! I could’ve written this! .. then you add it to your MP3 player, listen to it all the time, get sick of it, then DELETE. Gone. ? I have. But that’s what I’ll be ranting about today.

Subterranean Homesick Blues. Need I say more?
Everyday when I drive somewhere, I listen to this song. It never gets old. It’s quite funny at first, doesn’t make much sense.

Please do check out the video; it’s priceless.

"[The song] was, in fact, an extraordinary three-way amalgam of Jack Kerouac, the Guthrie / Pete Seeger song "Taking It Easy" ('mom was in the kitchen preparing to eat/sis was in the pantry looking for some yeast') and the riffed-up rock'n'roll poetry of Chuck Berry's "Too Much Monkey Business".

""In addition to the song's influence on music, the song was used in what became one of the first "modern" music videos. Although Rolling Stone lists it as the 7th on their list of "100 Top Music Videos", the original "video" was actually the opening segment of D. A. Pennebaker's film, Dont Look Back (a documentary on Bob Dylan's first tour of England in 1965). In the film, Dylan holds up cue cards for the audience, with selected words and phrases from the lyrics. While staring at the camera, he flips the cards as the song plays. There are intentional misspellings and puns throughout the video, for instance when the song's lyrics say "eleven dollar bills" the poster says "20 dollars". The original video takes place in an alley behind The Savoy Hotel in London where poet Allen Ginsberg and guitarist Robbie Robertson make a cameo.

In addition to the Savoy Hotel video, two alternate videos were shot: one in a park where Dylan, Robertson and Ginsberg are joined by a fourth man, and another shot on the roof of an unknown building (possibly the Savoy Hotel). A montage of the videos can be seen in the documentary No Direction Home.""