[lit-ideas] Re: Bolcom and Morris - a short digression

  • From: "Paul Stone" <pastone@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008 10:27:52 -0400

One more thing: The first stanzas are KIND of coherent and actually
rhyme in places. It's very interesting how Al's version gets
increasingly more incoherent and ridiculous as it goes along. I
suppose the only people who would hold out til the end were the ones
who were genuinely interested in his palindromic feats -- really the
only basis of the song.

I also a agree that it's a backhanded compliment of Dylan, but anyone
who has ever seen Dylan live can attest that he could be singing a
very well-known song for a good minute before you even recognize it.
Unless you read the lyrics (like Mike apparently likes to do), Dylan
verges on gibberish quite often, especially live.

Part of what makes his "subterranean homesick blues" video so good is
that he's LITERALLY throwing away the words.

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