… to know which way the wind blows – Subterranean Homesick Blues, Bob Dylan, recorded on January 14, 1965. According to english.stackexchange.com, the lyric was the inspiration for the name of the American radical left group the Weathermen, a breakaway from the Students for a Democratic Society. In a 2007 study of legal opinions and briefs that found Bob Dylan was quoted by judges and lawyer more than any other songwriter, “you don’t need a weatherman…” was distinguished as the line most often cited.
I mention this apropos of nothing other than I was at Traigh for their Open over the weekend and, as always, from the high points on the course, you don’t need a weatherman, you can see the weather coming for miles and there was plenty of it.
While I am going off at tangents, I will make this not particularly original observation – to fully appreciate any music you must hear it in the context of its own time. This track and everything else on Bringing It All Back Home was a shining beacon of originality which inevitably fades with time and the production of more than 50 years worth of subsequent music. Nevertheless, I can still remember the excitement felt by that introverted 14 year-old as this album first emerged from the single speaker of the family Dansette. All the words are still inside my head.
Pawking meters 🙂
“Don’t follow leaders” – more true now than ever 😉
Wonderful views, but I really believe golfers are mad. They’ll go out in almost any kind of weather except thunderstorms (good idea not to!!) or deep snow. 🙂
Completely insane 🙂 There was lightning forecast but fortunately didn’t see any. In a defence for madness, when you have travelled 300 miles just to play golf, it’s going to take a lot to stop you 🙂
Exactly so Robin! And fabulous views x
Thanks Jo, hope all is well with you and yours
Golfers are maniacs. Is that really you in that one photo? You finally came out of the shadows. I’m proud of you, son.
We are maniacs Julie, it’s true 🙂 Yes, I am unmasked – I am the one with glasses and very very damp pants – I thought it would only be light showers so left the waterproof bottoms behind. A maniac and daft 🙂 All the best, R
Beautiful views. Given how many golf courses seem to be positioned for stunning vistas, I do occasionally wonder if I should take up golf. But then I give myself a good talking-to.
Thanks Su – keep listening to those inner voices, it’s an incurable disease once you start 🙂
That’s what I’m afraid of. So many things I want to do, so little time 😀
Is that Ginsberg in the background? Lovely man…. and great to see this again, thanks…
I think it is, yes – glad you enjoyed it – I have heard most 20th century popular music too often but not Dylan.