The New Vagabond
Forget the dead you've left, they will not follow you.
The vagabond who's rapping at your door
Is standing in the clothes that you once wore.
Strike another match, go start anew
And it's all over now, Baby Blue.
Bob Dylan (It's All Over Now, Baby Blue)
Bob Dylan started out as a folk singer. It was a way for him to pay the bills. For millions of folk music fans, he was supposed to carry the torch passed on from Woody Guthrie, who was on his deathbed in the mid 60's as Dylan came of age. But Dylan wanted to break out of the mold of the folk singer and wanted to explore new musical avenues. He started experimenting with electrical instruments. His folk music fans were outraged. They felt betrayed that Dylan was turning his back on the folk singing traditions of Guthrie. Dylan tried to appease his folk fans by mixing accoustic and electric instruments. He tried to be apologetic and asked for their understanding and support. It didn't matter. Wherever he went they booed when he broke out the electric instruments. Finally, Dylan had enough. After playing an entire concert with accoustic and electric instruments to a chorus of booes, Dylan ended the show by playing "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," the final stanza of which is quoted above. To get the full effect of the significance of the song, go back and read the verse again. When he finished the song he walked off the stage. Every album he made after that used electric instruments, and he never apologized again.
All of that has nothing to do with the following. I just think it's a great story that few people have ever heard.
The Indigent Blogger has invited me to be a contributor at Vagabondia. All I can say is thanks, and that he obviously knows talent when he sees it. I'm not sure what my new role is going to be, but I'm looking forward to sharing my thoughts on his blog as well as continuing The Deep Freeze.
The Indigent Blogger has always impressed me with his knowledge and research skills. Anybody I have ever seen try to go toe to toe with him in a political argument quickly finds themselves burried under a mountain of facts and references. While I don't pretend to be nearly as smart as he is in laying out a detailed argument, I think I excel at putting life and society into a perspective few people see. I guess you could say I try to be the Bob Dylan of the blogosphere. In that way I think I will compliment him well on Vagabondia. So please visit Vagabondia and bookmark it as part of your daily reading. And keep tuning in here since I plan to continue The Deep Freeze.
Hey IB, how much does this gig pay?