Monthly Archives: May 2015

Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion

I continue to suspect both my hearing and comprehension while I’m writing these. I thought that the first word of this stanza was “Building” filtered through Billy’s Long Island accent to sound like “Buildin'”.

I recently listened to the Piano Man (legacy edition) which includes a live performance of the entire “Cold Spring Harbor” album at WMMR in Philadelphia in 1972. It is perhaps one of the most amazing live performances I’ve ever heard. Billy at 22, sipping beers, playing tunes, and kicking ass with his band. This entire live recording is what I believe radio should be.

But anyway, back to Bob from Billy.

I’ve seen Bob in concert (early 2000s, Wichita, KS Century II). My wife and I went. What I remember the most is how many times she asked me, “WHAT is he saying?”

I’ve also been to Berlin (1993 maybe 94). I went there with a group of Bluffton University (nee College) on a hastily planned Easter holiday trip.


One of the people in this photograph is the biggest Bob Dylan fan I’ve ever known. Someone else is my second or third cousin. And another person hated the Jackson 5.

If you’d like to learn about the Bay of Pigs Invasion, I highly suggest reading this multi-volume history written by CIA historian Jack Pfeiffer. It is a definitive study of paranoia, Intelligence agency incompetence, and government/corporate collusion.

Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger in a Strange Land

Oh Papa.

You loved booze and 6 toed cats
At least that’s what they told me
In Key West

I thought I read something of yours once.
But I’m pretty sure it was Steinbeck’s The Pearl
May have been the sea scape
That caused me to dis

I think I wrote your section this way because of my reticence to be declarative.

Mr. Eichmann holds the title of world’s second worst Adolf. Although he may deserve top billing. The last two paragraphs of this biography are enough to damn the man, system, etc.

I was reading Variety and saw a blurb that Channing Tatum will be staring in a third installment of his movie franchise entitled, “Magic Mike From Mars.” That is a terrible joke.

Heinlein’s book sounds very interesting. I should probably read it.