Tuesday, February 8, 2011

"Chimes Of Freedom"

OK, more jingle-jangle: This 1964 Dylan opus was heavily influenced by Rimbaud's poetry and was called by Paul Williams "Dylan's Sermon On The Mount". It expresses his solidarity with the downtrodden and the oppressed as he and his companion watch a thunderstorm from shelter. It marks Dylan's transition from his "protest" period to a "born-again pacifist moral poet". The Byrds' ethereal version on their first studio album adds another layer of meaning as McGuinn's 12-string Rickenbacker's sound evokes the song title.

Yesterday's answer: "I've Never Been To Me" by Charlene. No idea what made me think of that song yesterday - I had not heard it in eons. Big hair 80's!

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