Honky-Tonk Gospel

While I often listen to music for entertainment, I prefer music that helps me think about the human condition, especially in the light of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. For this, Bob Dylan’s honky-tonk gospel is my main playlist.  Furthermore, although Dylan’s early music is great, summarized in say the 1961-1985 survey Biograph, this honky-tonk gospel really only comes to the fore with his 1997 album Time Out of Mind, with its wonderful Passion sequence.

Lots of recordings of concerts are available via http://dimeadozen.org and are particularly interesting in their variety.  When I’m in my Jeep, I generally listen to one of his commercial albums, for example:

  1. Bootleg #5, Rolling Thunder Revue, Disk 1
  2. Biograph
  3. The Music Which Inspired Girl from the North Country
  4. Toronto &  Earls Court (Disk 6 & 8, Bootleg #13)
  5. Bootleg #8, Tell-Tale Signs
  6. Time Out of Mind
  7. Modern Times

Currently, I’m expecting not rain but a forthcoming album of new Dylan songs.

Well, the last thing I remember before I stripped and kneeled
Was that trainload of fools bogged down in a magnetic field
A gypsy with a broken flag and a flashing ring
Said, “Son, this ain’t a dream no more, it’s the real thing”

Señor, Señor, you know their hearts is as hard as leather
Well, give me a minute, let me get it together
I just gotta pick myself up off the floor
I’m ready when you are, Señor

 

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