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.