Murder Most Foul


Bob Dylan, New Haven, Connecticut, November 13, 1975, by Ken Regan

“When everything in the world seems wrong, a favorite song can be the only thing that makes sense. The person singing this one just wants to hear something that speaks to the hurt and confusion in his heart. For those of us who often turn to Dylan’s catalog for that very purpose, “Murder Most Foul” has arrived at the right time.” — Simon Vozick-Levinson

“Murder Most Foul” by Bob Dylan

This album soothes me, good for these COVID times. In the past haven’t been that crazy about Bob Dylan’s voice, but as I have gotten older, I appreciate his lyrics. I like his lower voice-range on this album. I listened to each song on this album, Rough and Rowdy Ways, while reading the lyrics. Totally worth it. Solace.

Don’t Get Me Wrong

At the end of March I heard that Bob Dylan released a new 17-minute song called Murder Most Foul about John F Kennedy. I like Bob Dylan but am not fond of his voice, so I didn’t look up the song on Apple Music. My favorite Bob Dylan song is Lay Lady Lay (1969), and I love how his voice sounds in it; not so nasal-y. Don’t get me wrong – I know he has written a ton of masterpieces, but I like his songs better when other people sing them.

A few nights ago I decided to listen to his new album Rough and Rowdy Ways (released June 18, 2020). It’s his first album of original songs since his 2012 album Tempest. Rough and Rowdy Ways has two CDs and Murder Most Foul is the only song on the second CD. I listened to the playlist in order on my iPhone while reading the lyrics with my iPad. That is how I realized that this album is a masterpiece. I like how his voice sounds too. His dense, poetic lyrics, his low, gravelly voice, the musicians, background singers and production are very appealing to me. Perhaps it’s cuz I’m older now that it appeals to me so much. 

The album is poignant listening, especially during these pandemic times. It’s good dinnertime listening when the summertime sun is shining through the windows. He covers everything in these songs: musicians, songs, actors, movies, places, authors, fashion, history, religion, war and racism. It’s like he is reminiscing about his whole 79-year-old life. Clearly he put a lot of thought into his lyrics. The album provides hope, peace and solace. 

The song that really got to me is I’ve Made Up My Mind To Give Myself To You. I would like to think of it as a romantic song about a woman he loves. It could be about God though? I want to thank my husband for sitting with me at dinner and quietly listening to the whole song. 

Key West will now have tons more tourists because of the song Key West (Philosopher Pirate). I guess Dylan has been there and really does love it there. Now I want to go there, and will!

Rough and Rowdy Ways brought me “someplace you’d like to be beyond your experience. Something that is so supreme and first rate that you could never come back down from the mountain. That you’ve achieved the unthinkable.” Quote is by Bob Dylan from his June 12, 2020 New York Times interview.

Many, many musicians will re-record these songs and I look forward to hearing their versions.

Thank you, Mr. Dylan! What a gift in these times.

What Does It Mean To Me?

“Doing what’s meaningful — acting on what really matters to a person — is the antidote to burnout…Face what’s happening. What does it mean to me? What really matters to me now? Is there a way I can act upon what’s meaningful to me?” — Daniel Goleman

Children of migratory Mexican field workers. The older one helps tie carrots in the field. Coachella Valley, California. Photograph by Dorothea Lange

Ripe Opportunity

“The stay-at-home edict has pushed so many of us into an external motivation mode that is making us face something that feels like lethargy and meaninglessness…At the same time it’s a ripe opportunity to think about what really matters to us…Doing what’s meaningful — acting on what really matters to a person — is the antidote to burnout…Face what’s happening. What does it mean to me? What really matters to me now? Is there a way I can act upon what’s meaningful to me?” — Daniel Goleman

Calipatria, Imperial Valley, In Farm Security Administration (FSA) emergency migratory labor camp. Daughter of ex-tenant farmers on thirds and fourths in cotton. Had fifty dollars when set out … Photo by Dorothea Lange 1939

El Twanguero

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I subscribe to Apple Music. As someone who loves music, I have no regrets subscribing. It’s worth every monthly charge of $10. I also subscribe to Apple News. I love reading about guitar players and all things guitar (especially acoustic), even though I am a novice guitar player. Using Apple News, I read Guitar World, Guitar Player, and Guitarist. From those magazines I learn about all kinds of amazing guitar players and beautiful guitars.

How many of us are getting through these COVID-19 days by listening to music? 

The music of Twanguero (Diego Garcia) is amazing. I am listening to the album called Pachuco. I love Twanguero’s guitar playing. I am going to work on seeing him live.

Roseanne Barr

I really love this story that Roseanne Barr tells to author Judd Apatow in his book Sick In The Head.

I love the balls she had and her revenge. She wasn’t going to put up with anyone treating her like shit!

On her show, Roseanne, there were many staff members she wanted to fire but the executives told her these employees had to stay through episode thirteen.

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Earthquakes in Oklahoma

Last night my husband and I watched a movie called San Andreas. After awhile, I couldn’t watch it anymore because I needed to look up everything I could about the San Andreas Fault.

I used to live in California. Now that the Internet exists, you can look up all the cities The Fault runs under or near. It’s fascinating!

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Did you know that on October 10, 2015 there was an earthquake of 4.4 magnitude in OKLAHOMA?

The US Geological Survey website is packed with information about earthquakes.

Today is Shake Out day. Go to this site to learn more about earthquakes.

love & mercy—Brian Wilson

My sister told me about the movie love & mercy. It’s about Brian Wilson‘s life. I enjoyed the music and styling of the movie.

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When I was growing up in Los Angeles I constantly listened to the KHJ radio station and The Beach Boys music was infused in my life.

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The Beach Boys

What I learned from the movie was that Brian Wilson was a musical genius and a very sensitive, kind, and tender man. It was fascinating to learn how he created his music and what he went through in his life with drugs and mental health issues. It especially killed me to watch how cruel his father was to him.

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Brian Wilson

The acting in the movie by John Cusack and Elizabeth Banks was incredible. Especially amazing was the acting of  Paul Dano, who tenderly portrayed Brian Wilson when he was younger. Paul Dano is an accomplished actor and I predict he has an incredible future ahead. I just can’t help but love this guy.

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Paul Dano

See how kind Brian Wilson is:

“I am thrilled that Paul Dano has signed on to play me during one of my most creative explosions and most fulfilling musical times in my career,” Wilson said in a statement. “I still can’t believe how cool it is that my life will be portrayed on the big screen… It just makes me feel so humble.”

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Remember these tops?

Remember these tops?

In my teens or early 20’s I did see The Beach Boys in concert at The Forum in Los Angeles. I had never seen so many beautiful men and women in one place!

love & mercy was made with Brian Wilson’s blessing.

I Slipped Beneath The Surface #annpatchett

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“The absolute truth…I did not forget it.  It worked its way into my brain and then stuck its foot in the door so that other bits of wisdom might follow, while back in present time, I slipped beneath the surface of the water and swam away.”

— Ann Patchett, This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage

p.s.  The illustration was drawn by me when I was 10-years-young.

Oceana Santa Barbara #santabarbara

hotel203 blogMany years ago, when my husband and I were dating, we stayed at the Ambassador By The Sea Motel in Santa Barbara, California.  I just came across these matches that I took from the hotel as a souvenir.   Since then, of course, they have remodeled and it’s now called Oceana Santa Barbara.  It’s across the street from the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara.  It’s on prime Santa Barbara land and in a very touristy area.  On Sundays there is the Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Festival, which has fabulous items, all handmade in Santa Barbara.  The hotel still looks like a cute place to stay.

I would like to be in Santa Barbara right now!  Don’t tell me you are going there!  But please tell me if you have been there!

Oceana Santa Barbara
202 W. Cabrillo Boulevard Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone:  805.965.4577


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