February 20, 1969 Bob Dylan is recording Lay, Lady, Lay!
Bob Dylan is one of the great songwriters of our time but these lyrics - lay across my big brass bed – are a little gross. Who has a brass bed anyway?
I am possibly the worst fix-it man in the world. Once something breaks in our house it stays broke. Casey made us aware of this and it’s true. Our dishwasher broke years ago so we just washed dishes by hand from then on and years later had it removed and had the super put in another cabinet. The boys’ bedroom window and the door to their room. The toilet paper holder was down for 6 months before my father-in law Mike just couldn’t take it anymore and fixed it himself! My fence in the backyard a year and a half down. My rear passenger car door 4 months. The list goes on and on.
And now my freaking living room TV is down. This is an EMERGENCY and has to get fixed tomorrow! Oh, also i have 4 keys dead on my gigging keyboard,2 years now,oh yeah one of the legs on my weber BBQ is bent up-3 years!
My brain has been screwed up since birth and that is probably the one thing that I do consistently try to fix. Not always successful, but always trying. I think that’s why I don’t have the time or focus to fix the other stuff. Priorities.
Well, time to go lay across my big not brass bed and watch some bedroom tv with my wife. (cause the living room tv is broken, remember?)
Lay, Lady, Lay!
June 26,1965 The Byrds’ Mr. Tambourine Man hits #1.
Last night I hosted the Songwriters Guild of America’s Songwriters Circle at the Red Lion on Bleecker Street. We do it the last Monday of every month. I’ve been hosting this gig for many years and have seen some great songwriters come through. Some sing funny songs, others sing heartbreak songs and sometimes, happy or sad, we’re singing crappy songs, but hey this is the Village and where else can we try out our new material.
Two doors down from the Red Lion is the Bitter End where Bob Dylan sang all his tunes (he wrote today’s song, Mr. Tambourine Man) and the Red Lion is where my buddy Gavin Degraw got signed to his record deal.
Tomorrow night, Wednesday, June 27th, I’m at the Red Lion doing my own singer/songwriter night. Love to try out all new stuff on a good drunk audience there. It’s a great Irish bar. I always use that old line, “The more you drink the better we sound.” Claudia hates that line but it’s one of those lines I always say.
Mr. Tambourine Man to me is an ode to singer/songwriters. We tell our stories – sometimes to a big crowd and sometimes to just a few. I like it better when the place is packed so come on down to the Red Lion tomorrow.
I love The Byrds for their harmony singing, which is what gets me excited. Musically, that is.
May 24, 1941 Happy Birthday Bob Dylan!
I wanted to do All Along the Watchtower today but I just couldn’t make it translate to the piano. I have Jimi Hendrix’s version in my brain. I always wanted to be the Hendrix of the keyboard but could never play loud enough!
Bob Dylan’s songs, to me, always sound better on another artist - for example Hendrix.
I’m sitting at my 6 ft grand Kawai piano. I remember my Dad taking out a loan for it thirty years ago. It was 6 thousand dollars, which might as well have been a million. I can’t remember now if I ever finished paying off my Dad for it.
My Dad, Harold, used to drive me to gigs when I was 15 years old. He would wait outside until I was finished then help me pack up and drive me home. It didn’t matter how late it was or if he had to work in the morning.
I learned how to be a father from Harold. Now I wait outside clubs for Dylan (my son, not Bob) to finish his gigs and I drive him home, maybe grab a slice a pizza from Italian Village (our favorite pizza place-open till 3 a.m.) Same thing with Casey. We’ll pick him up at the airport whatever time he gets in, and we always try to have Italian Village pizza or a calzone with us in the car for him.
Claudia and I have supported our kids in whatever they wanted to do and I love to encourage kids to find their interest and go after it. I have some young students now — kids — and instead of teaching them stuff I sort of teach them HOW to learn stuff.
Anyway, Don’t Think Twice is in my top five Bob Dylan songs. I’m sure before this yearlong blog is done I will have hit them all.
On April 11, 1961 Bob Dylan made his NYC debut at Gerde’s Folk City.
A few years ago I had this idea to do Like A Rolling Stone as a rap remake. I found an amazing female singer to do the chorus and I auditioned some rappers to remake the verses.
I can’t for the life of me remember why I didn’t finish that project. I guess it was my ADD or maybe I moved on to the next thing. Whatever. But when Dylan’s name popped up today I figured I’d do this tune. Then, as I sang the last line of the song, I figured I might as well go into a Stones song. Get it? Stone/Stones?
Like a rolling stone…
If you try some time, you just might find…