Your Lovely Face

Your Lovely Face
I have not forgotten your lovely face
Nor your warm embrace
But life’s current pace
Has felt like a race
Or a high speed chase

Where each moment is faced
With some life to save
Where the breath must be brave
Like a calm inside a cave

As we live out each day
In a full-fledged blaze
And find out new ways
To survive the latest craze
And not get lost in the maze

We learn to see through the haze
We learn to soften our gaze
Adjusting to each phase
Of the moon and the sun’s rays

We let love be the praise
And let go of the colder ways
To forgive and to pray

What Bob Said

Matt & I had the absolute joy and delight of hearing Bob Dylan in Memphis two weeks ago, as part of his traveling Americanarama Festival.  The festival also featured Richard Thompson Trio, My Morning Jacket, and Wilco, who all gave fantastic performances.   The show began at 5:30pm sharp and ran until 11pm.  Fortunately, we were in the bleachers for a good portion of that time, we might not have made it that long standing.

Despite what folks may say about Dylan in this decade’s performing style, we found him to be just as relevant and spirited as ever.  He played a couple tunes from his new record along with many favorites, both popular (Tangled Up in Blue) and obscure (She Belongs to Me).  His band is very tight and they take great care of Bob and his tunes.

I’ve recently reacquainted myself with some of his earlier tunes, and am just bowled over by It’s Alright Ma, (I’m Only Bleeding).  Such a powerfully epic poem and so relevant in many ways.  A great thing about Bob’s site – every song is listed with lyrics, publishing date, the last time he played it and how many times in his career he’s played it.  Fascinating stuff for a super-fan like myself.

Anyhow, I do recommend listening and/or reading this one.

http://www.bobdylan.com/us/songs/its-alright-ma-im-only-bleeding

The few photos I snapped at the show were with my phone – I don’t think regular/bigger cameras were allowed to the show so I didn’t bring it.  These two are very sweet – after his encore, he showed his gratitude for this audience, which ranged from preteens to elders.

Bob Dylan in Memphis

at the end of the Americanarama Festival, July 2013

At the end of the Americanarama Festival, July 2013