Tuesday Tunes 4

As you can see from my handy free counter (in the title) we in the UK are now going into week 4 of lockdown. I think I’ve escaped most of the problems so far, the only real change to my lifestyle was having to stay up until midnight to try and book a Tesco delivery slot as soon as they made another day available. It was 10th time lucky, so until the goodies arrive I’ll just have to make do with a full freezer and more tinned and packet meals than I’ve ever seen in my life before. Then, I’ll have to do it all over again to get another delivery slot to replenish the fresh foods, unless a miracle happens and shopping becomes easy again. Who knew it would come to this? But of course I can reassure you that I haven’t been panic buying: I’m just taking sensible precautions in case my home should ever come under siege. It’s at times like this that I could almost yield to the blandishments of all those helpful people on Farcebook, Twitter and in blogs who are encouraging us to use the time we have on our hands creatively, by taking up something new. At my most honest, I would admit that I and ‘creative’ rarely, if ever, appear in the same sentence but I guess I could always think about changing the habits of a lifetime?

Maybe tomorrow…

But this did get me thinking about a possible theme for this week’s two Tuesday Tunes. So, instead of trying something new myself, I’ve chosen a couple of songs that tell the stories of those who aspire to creative greatness. Either that, or the untold riches that success would bring. The first is from 1966, from a little band you might have heard of before:

A ‘dirty story’ of a ‘dirty man,’ whose ‘clinging wife doesn’t understand’ – I think there have been a few of those over the years! But rest assured, dear reader, I won’t be joining those ranks any time soon. It’s all I can do to string a thousand words together, let alone a thousand pages!

My second song for this week is another story of aspiration, which is even further from my abilities than the first. As one who struggles to produce the most simple landscape picture my artistic talents could be deemed to be ‘limited.’ Little wonder, then, that I studied the History of Art for my degree, rather than actually doing it myself! But in my youth I had my dreams, rather like this:

As it says on the video, that is a Bob Dylan song. He and The Band have had a long association and this was far from being the first of his songs that they recorded. It appears on Cahoots, their fourth studio album, and was released in 1971. I prefer their version: I think the late Levon Helm’s plaintive vocals really suit it. If you aren’t familiar with them, The Band made several great albums in what would today be termed Americana-style, and Levon himself also had a successful acting career, in addition to being a solo musician and leading his own band (small ‘b’). And a little piece of additional trivia for you: he was the inspiration for the song Listening To Levon, which is on Marc Cohn’s Join The Parade album. I recommend you check that out: it’s a lovely song of love and reminiscence, on a great album (like everything Marc Cohn does!).

So, that’s a wrap for this week. I hope that, however you are spending the time – maybe working from home or, like me, lounging around doing nothing, as usual – you are taking sensible precautions to avoid the horror that is Covid-19. I see from today’s paper that our esteemed government is suggesting that they will be continuing the lockdown for at least another three weeks and will be announcing their decision on Thursday. We all know that’s coming, so why the suspense? JFDI! But it does mean that there will be at least another three weeks of Tuesday Tunes posts, after which I will, like the government, review whether I can release you from lockdown. I just hope I make a better job of managing that than the clowns in charge here – at least, unlike Dominic Raab, I do know my derrière from my elbow.

Take care, be safe, stay well.

24 thoughts on “Tuesday Tunes 4

  1. We are in the same position as you with regards to fresh produce, Clive. We can’t get it delivered on line so someone has to dress up in thick clothes, mask and gloves and go out. My younger son is a chronic asthmatic and also high risk so we are also worried. Thanks for the great songs and the update on what is happening in your world and the UK.

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    • I can’t really get out so I have to rely on delivery services. Fortunately I now have 3 slots in May and enough tins and packets to keep me going for quite some time! It must be hard for you, I hope you’re managing to get all you need. Glad you enjoyed the songs, I’m enjoying doing these posts!

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  2. Ah, nice to finally find a blog in the wordpress desert about music! Please stay safe and thanks for sharing. By the way, please join my blog too, with notifications, if you find it interesting – let’s grow together!😊

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  3. great post. I never took the time to read/listen to the lyrics of these songs, but I just did. And I agree that they are a wonderful tribute to those who have a dream of creating a work of art. My blog is my attempt at being creative, and all I can say is that it is still a work in progress. I also agree that tomorrow is always a better time to try and start something new… 🙂

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  4. Just realised I am a paperback writer, but I would love to be an artist. I like the idea of you counting the weeks for us Clive, we might miss the songs when the lock down finishes so long may it continue! Also handy knowing when it’s Tuesday, helps us keep track of the days of the week.

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  5. Paperback Writer is a classic and The Band, well they are The Band, such a distinctive sound.
    I’ve always been a Marc Cohn fan and wrote a blog post on Walking In Memphis a few years ago.
    Your post has prompted me to put The Band back into my Spotify playlist. The video was blocked in my location.

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    • They are two good songs, aren’t they. I guess the book was a copyright thing, but hopefully you can still find a version. Marc Cohn is, in my view, very under-appreciated – good that we’re on the same wavelength there! Sounds like your Spotify playlist has just been improved 😉

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  6. We are in week four, too. My wife goes shopping once a week for groceries, and I get out for a daily walk, but otherwise, we’re lying low. I would say 50% of the people I see out and about are wearing masks. You gave us a couple tunes today that even us Americans are familiar with. Thanks for following through as I always enjoy your choices.

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    • I have to rely on online grocery ordering, as I said in the piece. I have mobility issues and would find it extremely difficult to go to the store. Exercise is limited too! Our government is undecided about masks, but that may be because they’re struggling to provide enough for healthcare workers let alone the whole population! Glad you enjoyed the choices – my tastes are fairly wide so it’s really pot luck if I pick songs you’ll know!

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