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Greatest Dylan Hooks

What a great day, in a categorically confusing way: a popular songwriter has won the Nobel Prize for literature! We must pay our respects! What for you is the greatest hook in Dylan’s lyrics, and why do you pick it? … Continue reading

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Classic Unique: Fiona Apple, “Extraordinary Machine” (2005)

Our words wait quietly in the dictionary with their meanings ready, paws tucked under. When we take them out,  sometimes we try to make them sit still there, there, and there, like in info-speak; or let them run, like in poetry; … Continue reading

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Non-Obvious: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, “All Along The Watchtower” (1968)

You’d think the greatest rock cover of all time would have a very memorable groove. The second greatest, Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” certainly does. So what is the groove of Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along The Watchtower”? Try tapping it on your … Continue reading

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Biblical, Take Two: Bob Dylan, “Highway 61 Revisited” (1965)

I was going to be an English major in college, but then I heard “Highway 61 Revisited” and changed to Religion, because how else could I get to the bottom of this: God said to Abraham, Kill me a son … Continue reading

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Autonymous: Big Star, “O My Soul” (1974)

There ought to be an accepted Greek-based word for calling your own name.  How about “autonymy”?[1] Without such a word, how can we designate cases of  athletes referring to their own performance (“I feel like I’m a new Carlos Zambrano”) … Continue reading

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The Greatest “Baby”: Bob Dylan, “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” (1967) and Glee Cast, “River Deep, Mountain High” (2010)

“Ba – by!” [Kirsty MacColl, They Don’t Know” @ 1:52] Overwhelming baby in The World According to Garp Upon listening to the latest excellent theme mix by Allen Burrows, “Infantilism,” I’ve concluded there are two dissimilar but equally distinguished uses … Continue reading

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Diction Hooks: Guided By Voices, “Pivotal Film” (2001)

diction. 1. Choice and use of words in speech or writing.  (American Heritage Dictionary) A main reason I find myself wanting to listen again to a Guided By Voices track, “Pivotal Film,” is that it has an outstanding word hook … Continue reading

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