Tag: gospel

The Times They Are A-Changin’ at 50

Wednesday, 12 February, 2014 0 Comments

The Times They Are a-Changin’, the third studio album by Bob Dylan and his first collection to feature only original compositions, was released in 1964. Speaking about the title track, Dylan told the film director Cameron Crowe, “This was definitely a song with a purpose. It was influenced of course by the Irish and Scottish ballads… Come All Ye Bold Highway Men, Come All Ye Tender Hearted Maidens. I wanted to write a big song, with short concise verses that piled up on each other in a hypnotic way. The civil rights movement and the folk music movement were pretty close for a while and allied together at that time.”

The Times They Are A-Changin'

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is rapidly fadin’
And the first one now will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’

The Times They Are A-Changin’

The pivotal line of the final verse, “And the first one now will later be last”, has a Biblical ring to it and critics have connected it with the Gospel of Mark, 10:31, “But many that are first shall be last, and the last first.”

Where no one stands alone

Saturday, 19 October, 2013 0 Comments

Loretta Webb was born in 1932 in coal-mining country: Butcher Hollow, near Paintsville, Kentucky. When she was 15, she married Oliver Vanetta Lynn, Jr. It was tempestuous relationship but it inspired songs about philandering husbands, domestic violence and blue-collar work. Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind), Fist City and Coal Miner’s Daughter are typical Lynn titles. She knew whereof she wrote.

In 1953, on their sixth wedding anniversary, Oliver Vanetta bought his Loretta a $17 Harmony guitar and she taught herself to play. Loretta Lynn cut her first record (Honky Tonk Girl) in February 1960 and Nashville beckoned. To date, she has sold some 50 million albums worldwide.

“Like a king, I may live in a palace so tall
With great riches to call my own
But I don’t know a thing in this whole wide world
That’s worse than being alone.”

Elvis Presley sang this gospel hymn on his 1967 Nashville album How Great Thou Art.

What Can I Do For You?

Saturday, 5 May, 2012

YouTube is a treasure trove, perhaps the greatest treasure trove in human history. A recent browse revealed the 80 voices of the Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir performing the music of Bob Dylan. It’s inspiring to hear his songs of faith treated with such devotion. Here’s What Can I Do For You? from Dylan’s 1980 album, Saved. “You have laid down Your life for me / What can I do for You? / You have explained every mystery / What can I do for You?” The lead vocalist is the superb Lisa Shergold.