Late Night: Shelter From the Storm

It's a Hard Rain's Gonna Fall. Goodnight Irene.

This is an open thread, all topics -- and music suggestions -- welcome. Stay safe everyone.

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    You have no idea... (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Dadler on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 01:21:29 AM EST
    ...how many lonely college nights I listened to this song and wished a certain girl had picked me over some other clod.  BLOOD ON THE TRACKS is such a breathtaking album, so much lyrical joy.  My favorite from that song:

    Well the deputy walks on hard nails and the preacher rides a mount
    But nothing really matters much, it's doom alone that counts
    And the one-eyed undertaker, he blows a flugelhorn
    "Come in" she said, "I'll give you
    shelter from the storm".

    I've heard newborn babies wailing like a mourning dove
    And old men with broken teeth stranded without love
    Do I understand your question man, is it hopeless and forlorn?
    "Come in" she said, "I'll give you
    "Shelter from the storm".

    And don't EVEN get me started on "Tangled Up In Blue" or "Buckets of Rain" or any of them.

    lyrical joy as in... (none / 0) (#2)
    by Dadler on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 01:22:30 AM EST
    ...joy for anyone who loves rock lyrics at their best.  

    that's me, I find (5.00 / 4) (#3)
    by Jeralyn on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 01:57:21 AM EST
    great joy in lyrics. They pop out fo my mouth all the time. I always wondered how much more brain power I would have if half my brain was taken up with rock lyrics. But I wouldn't trade them for anything. Some of my best company over the years have been lyrics.Whatever my mood, there's plenty to choose from.

    Me too (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by ruffian on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 06:49:32 AM EST
    Nearly everything reminds me of a song lyric. I wish I could memorize other poetry or prose half as well. Set it to music and maybe I could.

    I wish my brain was not cluttered up with show tunes also - I've had Streisand's 'Rain on My Parade' in my brain instead of Dylan. I am going to try to convert it over. Thansk for the idea.


    Rock lyrics... (none / 0) (#20)
    by kdog on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 11:02:29 AM EST
    at their best make sense of a nonsensical world, describe emotions you thought undescribable.

    A better use of brain space I do not know.


    Warning will robbins (5.00 / 2) (#9)
    by Jlvngstn on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 07:58:44 AM EST
    72 hours straight of cable network hysteria, speculation and fear mongering.

    Perhaps we should classify our banks/investment houses/hedge funds accordingly:

    Paulsons fund is a cat 4
    BOA Cat 4
    Citi Cat 3

    and so on.  

    What caused more damage, Irene or CDO's?

    Those Paulson boys... (5.00 / 0) (#14)
    by Dadler on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 09:49:35 AM EST
    ...ate half the country all by themselves, and they still haven't left the table. They should have their very own category, represented with a symbol akin to the skull and crossbones or that black widow-like international symbol for "This sh*t is deadly, don't even deal with it, just run away!"

    Consider (5.00 / 2) (#10)
    by Jlvngstn on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 08:22:53 AM EST
    Headline biter on CNN today:

    Weaker, but still dangerous, Bankers and Financeers came ashore with top sustained CDOS of 213 trillion and began its trek up the Subprime Market. Forecasters expect the Bankers  to bring deadly financial surge, heavy profits for themselves, a bailout from the government and misery to millions...

    Weaker, but still dangerous, Irene came ashore with top sustained winds of 85 mph and began its trek up the Atlantic Seaboard. Forecasters expect Irene to bring deadly storm surge, heavy rain and misery to millions

    Global warming (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by loveed on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 08:23:25 AM EST
     Only a dummy would not believe.

     I am 58yrs.old. I live in Ohio. The climate is drastically different. Our winters are shorter. Our summers are hotter.
     This Christmas,we went to visit my daughter in Georgia. No snow in Cleveland. A lot of snow in Georgia.
     I can't remember the last time we had snow before Christmas. When I was a kid, it would snow before halloween. Thanksgiving we always had snow.
     The last few summers we've been breaking records, with highs and lows. This summer it seem like it rains everyday. Very bad thunderstorms. I can't remember the last time we watered the grass. Last summer everyone's grass was brown. It was so hot,water was expensive. This summer everyone's yard is beautiful. Also the leaves are starting to change.
     And yes I felt the earthquake. I thought someone was under my bed. It prompted me to look under the bed. I have a solid oak bed. We have to take it apart to move it. The glass of pop sitting on the table was shaking. I definitely felt the rumble and the wave of the earthquake.
     We have put all kinds of chemical and pollution in the atmosphere. The earth is like an enclosed balloon. One day this balloon will pop.

    Didn't you know? (none / 0) (#12)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 09:04:12 AM EST
    Did you guys sing her to sleep? (5.00 / 2) (#17)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 10:31:40 AM EST
    Very glad to see she is coming in CAT 1.  If you have to have a hurricane, have that one.

    Hurricane Irene (5.00 / 3) (#18)
    by kdog on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 10:36:24 AM EST
    thy damage is done...the threat sent the special lady home 2 days early.  She just couldn't take a chance with all this pre-emptive shutting down of everything and responsibilities waiting at home in Guadalajara. We stared at the computer screen to reschedule her flight for what seemed like an eternity, knowing what we should do, but so so so not wanting to do it.

    Impeccable timing Irene, you cruel wench!

    I will be grateful and happy for another glorious week together, eventually, but right now....

    It hurt, it hurt, it hurts so bad!

    High winds and heavy rains can't hold a candle to a heavy lovesick heart...if Irene shows I'll be pullin a Lt. Dan, shaking my fist at her sittin' on my chimney.  It's f*ckin' personal!

    And sorry about that earthquake gang, I knew this love was earth-shattering, but I didn't know it could shake the entire east coast, we'll be more careful with our affections next time:)  

    LOL, so that's what caused it. (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by vml68 on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 11:05:15 AM EST
    And sorry about that earthquake gang,I knew this love was earth-shattering

    Actually thought of you yesterday and wondered if you came up for air long enough to notice we had a hurricane warning... :-)!


    Kinda wish... (5.00 / 2) (#24)
    by kdog on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 11:22:26 AM EST
    we hadn't noticed, but every media outlet won't shut up about it, even unplugged we could not escape this reality.

    For a usually natural disaster free zone, two in one week?  What are the odds?


    Bonus Track... (none / 0) (#19)
    by kdog on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 10:58:43 AM EST
    Levon and the band serenaded us with this jam at the Ramble...hittin' home right now something hardcore.

    Volver Volver


    Also, nothing like a heavy rain and some (none / 0) (#22)
    by vml68 on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 11:09:29 AM EST
    sad tunes to set the mood when you are lovesick and pining. I find it extremely hard to be blue when the sun is shining and the birds are singing!!

    As a classical music devotee, (none / 0) (#4)
    by oculus on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 02:15:13 AM EST
    I find others' fascination w/rock lyrics a fascinoma. on the other hand, you might find rather off my joy on hearing Ricardo Muti conduct Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a program of a Bernard Rands' commission. Richard Strauss' "Tod und Verklaerung,"and Shostakovich Symphony No. 5. Superb performance. Excellent acoustics.

    Muti, who waas born in Naples, asked Rands to compose a piece to open one of Muti's CSO concerts for Muti's first year w/the orchestra. Muti requested Rands in some way pay tribute to Mexico's 100 year anniversary of revolution and 200 year anniversary of independence. How's that for multiculturalism?

    With me it is just that as I hear words all day (none / 0) (#6)
    by ruffian on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 06:53:29 AM EST
    they trigger other words. For example as I typed that, my brain was saying

    I hear words all day through
    First from him now from you
    Is that all you blighters can do?

    OK TLers, name that tune!

    It's a disease.


    How about (none / 0) (#23)
    by CoralGables on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 11:10:54 AM EST
    Very good, yes not quite what kdog (none / 0) (#27)
    by ruffian on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 03:11:09 PM EST
    had in mind. I think the great show tunes explain the world quite as well as rock n roll.

    However I am a Julie Andrews purist . in honor of my mom, if nothing else. She never forgave that movie casting.


    Julie Andrews got the short end of the movie (none / 0) (#28)
    by caseyOR on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 03:24:06 PM EST
    musical casting straw more than once. She lost My Fair Lady to Audrey Hepburn ( and lost the vocals there to Marni Nixon). Then Vanessa Redgrave scored the movie role in Camelot, once again leaving Julie on the broadway sidelines.

    Don't get me wrong. I love both Hepburn and Redgrave. I just find it interesting that a talent like Andrews was not thought to be bankable by Hollywood.


    She wasn't thought (none / 0) (#29)
    by Zorba on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 03:42:05 PM EST
    bankable, at least until Mary Poppins.  I think they thought she was pretty bankable after that, as she went on to prove multiple times.   ;-)  

    Julie Andrews had an amazing voice, great (5.00 / 0) (#31)
    by caseyOR on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 07:02:52 PM EST
    acting talent, and perfect comedy timing. Victor/Victoria remains high on my list of favorite movies.

    Her voice, though, OMG, what range.


    A four octave (none / 0) (#32)
    by Zorba on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 07:18:26 PM EST
    range.  And so very sad when she lost that glorious voice after her throat operation.

    Does this mean show tunes will (none / 0) (#33)
    by caseyOR on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 07:20:00 PM EST
    have a prominent place on the play list of the Republic of Zorba?

    Oh, they (none / 0) (#34)
    by Zorba on Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 07:24:38 AM EST
    absolutely will have!  I have quite a collection of CD's.  Bring any others you have along when you visit the Republic of Zorba.  ;-)

    All hail to the Republic of Zorba (none / 0) (#35)
    by MO Blue on Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 09:18:37 AM EST
    I just love being a trend setter {as she breaks arm patting herself on the back}. ;o)

    Looks (none / 0) (#7)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 07:02:34 AM EST
    like Irene has been seriously downgraded as a hurricane.

    She does seem to be breaking apart (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by andgarden on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 07:12:18 AM EST
    over NC and VA.

    Still, nobody should take any chances!

    I'd like to see the wind come way down.


    Susie Madrak out of the hospital (none / 0) (#13)
    by MO Blue on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 09:27:46 AM EST
    and blogging about the hurricane.

    A post on her hospital experience here.

    Thanks for suggesting "Goodnight, Irene" (none / 0) (#15)
    by Peter G on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 10:18:30 AM EST
    There are many, many interesting versions on YouTube.  You just sent me on a cycle through those choices, beginning with composer (Huddie Ledbetter ("Leadbelly") from the 1940s).  The song became a multi-million-seller for the Weavers in 1950, before they were blacklisted (and less than a year after Leadbelly died).  Cover versions from the 1950s by Johnny Cash (can't carry the tune) and Frank Sinatra (just hilarious, inappropriate arrangement), Pete Seeger in 1963 (exquisite), Eric Clapton in the early 80s (excellent), Van Morrison, Jerry Garcia, and on and on. And speaking of lyrics, a bit of "Irene" trivia - the title of Ken Kesey's "Sometimes a Great Notion" comes from this song ("Sometimes I take a great notion to jump into the river and drown.") In Leadbelly's own version I sometimes think I hear "I'll get you in my dreams," while everyone else sings "I'll see you in my dreams."  My late father was a young staffer at WNYC radio in the early 1940s and got to host Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie (i.e., take them to a Greenwich Village bar) when they came to New York to appear on Oscar Brand's folk show.

    Yes, I had the same reaction (none / 0) (#25)
    by Towanda on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 11:55:33 AM EST
    to that Leadbelly song, a longtime favorite -- so I also remember the delight at seeing that as the inscription explaining the title in Kesey's book.  (I also ought to dust off my Leadbelly guitar book, which was when I discovered that he had written the song.  I just remembered it as when that my dad so enjoyed singing in my childhood.)  

    And now, your comment makes me want to go find  Kesey's book on my shelves and re-read it.  He was such a good writer, so others of his books come to mind, and I also must see if some of those still are on the shelves.  Thanks!


    African American CNN guy (none / 0) (#16)
    by oculus on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 10:20:57 AM EST
    seems kind of young to be shaking his finger at his NYC viewers as if they were children. "You have and hour and a half to get outta town!"