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Day 2

In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I feel like I've already covered so many things that changed my life. So I went looking to see so I wouldn't repeat myself, and I was right, SO MANY! I just really get excited about things, okay? ♥

My first of MANY White Collar Squee Posts

The Outsiders

The Sparrow (or more specifically, Emilio Sandoz) ♥

All Things Sherlock Holmes Or more specifically, John Watson). Written between series 2 and 3, so no spoilers for the BBC version.

Agent Carter

A picspam/meme collection for Doctor Who (mostly Doctor Squishy Face's era--aka 11) and here is a bit of Comparing and Contrasting Doctor 9-12 (also with many pics and memes...)

Plus my journal from the very first post until last week is just one long love letter to all things Harry Potter ♥ ♥

Now on to this year's love!fest ♥

♥ Bob Dylan ♥

I'm probably not going to be able to articulate this well, which is a shame because one of the things I love about Bob is his way with words, the way he finds just the right ones for all things.

I was first introduced to him in 1992 when his 30th Anniversary was aired. I was at friends' house were we usually gathered at least once a week for large dinner parties/poker games/what have you. Except that night, while shenanigans were going on all around us, a friend made me sit down and watch the concert. I liked a lot of it, though some of the singers weren't my cuppa, and I faked enthusiasm for some of it. But my friend said I had to hear them with Bob on vocals, so he made me a mixed tape (*sigh* remember mixed tapes?) of all the songs that were played at that concert, only this time with Bob Dylan singing them. HOLY SHITBALLS, I WAS HOOOOOKED! But, I know what a lot of people say, and I get it, I'm not going to spend my time trying to convince you to give his particular singing style another chance if you've already dismissed it as "not for you." It's okay.

I'd rather talk about his lyrics, his writing and his poetry instead anyway. When I first heard his name in the news this year, I, of course, panicked. This was NOT the year for bright, happy stories when an artist made headlines. But, I said a little prayer that he was still with us, and low and behold, he was! And he'd won the Nobel Prize for Literature. ♥♥

And then I had to go to WAR with a large handful of my writer/author friends who were livid that he had won instead of someone else who deserved it more. I'm sorry no. That's not how it works. You don't know that they'd give it to anyway if they hadn't have given it to him. And also, you can't say, "Why? So he wrote a couple of songs, so what?" without looking at his ENTIRE collection and contributions. How he spoke for an entire generation (two really, my parents and mine) and how important his songs are and how so many of them are sung by other people. And I love, love, love that his acceptance speech was a big ol, fuck you to those same literary types I fought with. In your face literatti!

Because, seriously, no one says Fuck You like Bob Dylan. This song has been playing in the back of my mind for about a year now... I can't imagine why. :(

This one of the only songs that I actually prefer the cover. Eddie Vedder can make it as rage-filled as it needs to bewith lyrics like:
You've thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain't worth the blood
That runs in your veins

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I'm young
You might say I'm unlearned
But there's one thing I know
Though I'm younger than you
That even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good?
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could?
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die
And your death'll come soon
I will follow your casket
By the pale afternoon
And I'll watch while you're lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I'll stand o'er your grave
'Til I'm sure that you're dead


I just love him SO MUCH! Some of it is tied into nostalgia and associations that I've made that make them even more powerful. Like this one... I could go on and on and on about my love of one River Phoenix, but that's a post for a different time... but he was in this quiet and beautiful movie with Lili Taylor called "Dogfight" and her character just ~spoke~ to me, so hard. And this song "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" will forever be wrapped up with my feelings about these characters and River Phoenix as a person.

Dogfight 07 don't thnk twice by tempe2046

And my favorite song, the lyrics of which just for some reason--in my mind--intertwined with Janis Joplin's "Bobby McGee" and with Jack Kerouac and just... I love it so much... and it makes me itchy for the open road... *sigh*

And sorry, I don't know why there is so much space between the text and videos and I don't know how to make it be right. :(

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Date: 2017-01-04 05:05 am (UTC)
venturous: (Default)
From: [personal profile] venturous
omg Tangled Up in Blue is on my desert island playlist!! I used to call it the "tired of Lovin' Blues" cause I didn't hear it right.

Dogfight looks sweet - such a young Lili Taylor!

I was never real crazy about Dylan, but he was always THERE, and leaving potent songs like breadcrumbs, trying to explain life as it unfurled.

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Date: 2017-01-15 05:51 am (UTC)
wendelah1: Mulder and Scully walking in a field (The Field Where I Died)
From: [personal profile] wendelah1
Bob Dylan is one of the greats. Blood on the Tracks is one of my all-time favorite rock albums.

Here is an X-Files vid to a great Dylan song: Subterranean Homesick Blues.

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Date: 2017-01-04 04:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow the way you express about him makes me want to look him up and know who he is. I'm always looking forward to knowing more artist that have life changing lyrics.

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Date: 2017-01-05 04:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
He is amazing.

I hope you find him and like him, and remember, even if you don't particularly like his voice (people either love it or hate it) his music is still incredibly powerful and most of it has been covered by some pretty diverse people.

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Date: 2017-01-04 04:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Okay, so basically we can double date with Bob and George because George was (is in my head, don't ask) as big a Bob fanboy as there could be in the universe.

Great great post, darling. ♥

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Date: 2017-01-05 04:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Heehee, yes! And then me and George will be in the corner talking about how amazing Bob is and you and Bob will be rolling your eyes and writing sonnets on bar napkins and whatnot. ♥

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Date: 2017-01-05 04:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If I can suddenly write sonnets and lyrics like Bob, I'd be very happy. But I'd certainly try. ♥

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Date: 2017-01-05 04:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I really think he'd be a good teacher. Like a guy who wrote Subterranean Homesick Blues is just going to be up for anything. :)

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Date: 2017-01-05 04:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I hear Bob's up for pretty much anything, but who knows? He's a weirdo. In the best possible way.

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Date: 2017-01-05 04:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Interestingly, several people have posted a version of "Masters of War" in the past few days, all after I saw yours. So some interesting synchronicity going on. I actually knew of the song but not the song itself, so it's good to expand my Dylan knowledge.

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Date: 2017-01-04 11:22 am (UTC)
capitu: (sultry)
From: [personal profile] capitu
This was beautiful. <3

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Date: 2017-01-05 04:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Just like you.

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