Murder Most Foul

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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.

Offspring TV Show

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Do you ever want to contact a celebrity and tell them how much you enjoy watching their performances? You Google them and try to find out how to reach them, but it’s hard to find that info. Which, it should be hard to get in touch with them because they value their privacy and so do I.

This website is a good way to put my thoughts out there. Perhaps some day if a celebrity is doing a search on the internet for themselves, they will find my posts about them.

So, here goes with my first TV Show/Celebrity Appreciation Post:

TV Show: Offspring

This show takes place in Melbourne, Australia. It’s a sweet show, not mean-spirited and I love the actors and their acting. It first aired in 2010 and last aired in 2017.

Asher Keddie (on right) is the lead actress. She is a great actress and what a wonderful part for her. The other actress who had a lot of finesse was Kat Stewart (on left). Those were my favorite actors on the show. The writing was hopeful and the relationships were unique and mature. Thank you, Asher and Kat for helping me escape while living through the pandemic in Wisconsin!

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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.

It’s A Trick

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You remind me…you remind me
that it’s a trick to know you.
I don’t even know
how I fell in love with you.
Was it your eyes, or was it your clothes?
Was the way you greeted me when the sun rolls?
The sun rolls.

Pleasin’ Each Other sung by Bonnie Raitt from her 1975 album Home Plate

People We Love

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“The news of the day constantly provides an unconscious reminder that we are all mortal. This can result in negative thought patterns — harsher judgments, blaming the victim, greediness and us-versus-them thinking. But if we consciously reflect on our own death, none of this matters. What really matters is the people we love and helping people.” — Daniel Goleman

First Steps, after Millet Vincent van Gogh

Service To Others

“Together our fundamental worth is intrinsic. It’s based on kindness, compassion and generosity, the ability to give and receive love. Service to others has a powerful effect on how we feel about ourselves as well as on how it makes others feel. There are many opportunities to serve, to switch our focus from ourselves to others.” — Dr. Vivek H. Murthy

The Helping Hand, Emile Renouf

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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

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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

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50 Questions

I culled these questions together from various places.

Have fun!

50 QUESTIONS APRIL 2020 BY CRITIC HOUSEWIFE
1 IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH A PERSON WHO IS DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD IT BE?
2 WHAT IS THE ONE SKILL THAT YOU DON’T HAVE, THAT YOU WISH YOU HAD?
3 IF MONEY WAS NO OBJECT, AND YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD THAT BE?
4 WHAT IS THE DUMBEST THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
5 WHAT’S THE BEST GIFT YOU HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN?
6 WHAT KEEPS YOU FROM DOING THE THINGS YOU REALLY WANT TO DO?
7 WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU ABSOLUTELY KNOW TO BE TRUE?
8 WHEN DO YOU OVERREACT?
9 WHAT IS YOUR PERFECT DAY?
10 IF YOU COULD PICK ONE YEAR TO COMPLETELY REMOVE FROM YOUR LIFE, WHAT YEAR WOULD IT BE, AND WHY?
11 WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?
12 WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE BANDS?
13 WHO ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE SINGERS?
14 WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITES TYPES OF MUSIC?
15 WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE FOODS?
16 WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST REGRET RE SOMETHING THAT YOU COULD HAVE DONE, BUT DID NOT?
17 WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE MOVIES?
18 IF YOU COULD HAVE ANYTHING MATERIALISTIC, WHAT WOULD THEY BE? LIST THREE.
19 WHO ARE THREE FAMOUS PEOPLE YOU HAVE MET WHO IMPRESSED YOU?
20 DO YOU BELIEVE IN ALIENS?
21 WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER, WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU HAD KNOWN ABOUT SPENDING MONEY?
22 WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE FAMOUS? IN WHAT WAY?
23 BEFORE MAKING A PHONE CALL, DO YOU EVER REHEARSE WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO SAY?
24 WHEN DID YOU LAST SING TO YOURSELF? TO SOMEONE ELSE?
25 WHAT SMELLS MAKE YOU HAPPY?
26 WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT YOUR HOUSE OR APARTMENT?
27 IF A CRYSTAL BALL COULD TELL YOU THE TRUTH ABOUT YOURSELF, YOUR LIFE, YOUR FUTURE OR ANYTHING ELSE, WOULD YOU WANT TO KNOW?
28 IS THERE SOMETHING YOU HAVE DREAMT OF DOING FOR A LONG TIME? WHY HAVEN’T YOU DONE IT?
29 WHAT ARE THE THREE GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF YOUR LIFE?
30 WHAT DO YOU VALUE MOST IN A FRIENDSHIP?
31 WHAT ARE YOUR THREE LEAST FAVORITE HOUSE CHORES?
32 IF YOU KNEW THAT IN ONE YEAR YOU WOULD DIE SUDDENLY, WOULD YOU CHANGE ANYTHING ABOUT THE WAY YOU ARE NOW LIVING? WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
33 WHAT IS THE CRAZIEST THING YOU HAVE SEEN SOMEONE DO AT YOUR WORKPLACE?
34 WHAT WAS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?
35 WHEN HAVE YOU FELT THE MOST CHALLENGED?
36 NAME THREE COUNTRIES YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRAVEL TO, EVEN IF YOU HAVE BEEN TO THEM BEFORE.
37 WRITE 5-10 OF THE NICEST THINGS THAT PEOPLE HAVE DONE FOR YOU.
38 WHAT FOREIGN LANGUAGES WOULD YOU LIKE TO MASTER?
39 WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE DESSERTS?
40 WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE WAYS TO EXERCISE?
41 DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS.
42 WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR?
43 WHAT IS THE TRAIT YOU DEPLORE IN OTHERS?
44 WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST EXTRAVAGANCE?
45 WHEN AND WHERE WERE YOU HAPPIEST?
46 WHO ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE ARTISTS?
47 WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE FICTION BOOKS?
48 WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE NON-FICTION BOOKS?
49 WHO ARE YOUR THREE HEROES?
50 WHAT ARE THE THREE MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS IN NATURE?