2.08.2007

pupdate 4

We're making progress every day.

Cody is adjusting, Tala is calming down a little bit, and we're settling into the beginnings of a routine. The two of them play great together outside; inside, Cody is less bothered, less belligerent, more tolerant. And Tala is actually learning to leave her alone.

On Tuesday we re-learned the first three rules of managing a young dog's boundless energy: exercise, exercise, exercise. We went to Jack Darling, Mississauga's biggest and best leash-free dog park. A fierce wind was whipping off the Lake and the ground was hard-packed, icy snow. It was cold, but worth it.

Tala immediately forgot her name and pretended not to know us, but who can blame her, the first time she's let loose in a huge field with 30 new dogs to check out. They ran and played for a long time, and when we couldn't take the wind anymore, we managed to corral Tala. She spent the rest of the day peacefully lounging around, a huge difference from her usual non-stop playfulness.

This morning we went to the vet, to have Tala's stitches (from neutering) removed and get a few minor things checked out. She's scratching a lot, and probably has some skin allergies. After the vet, it was back to Jack Darling, and they're both snoozing away right now.

The park, on Lakeshore between Port Credit and Clarkson, is a little too far away for us to go regularly. There's a small dog run at nearby Garnetwood Park, and of course there's our backyard, which also helps.

We had a terrific time with D, gabbing, listening to music, cooking, eating, drinking. We watched Martin Scorsese's "Bob Dylan: No Direction Home," which we own but Dave hadn't seen, and which we had to pause a few hundred times to discuss. D left this morning, and tomorrow it's back to work and real life.

18 comments:

David Cho said...

Believe it or not, I started getting acquainted with Dylan recently. It took years for me to look past his whiny voice to appreciate his music and lyrics.

Do we have younger versions of Dylan these days who can come up with great lyrics with social commentary?

So do you recommend the movie?

L-girl said...

I adore the movie. I've recommended it a few times in past posts. It's tremendous. But I'm very biased - Dylan, Scorsese, the Band, New York City, the civil rights movement - it's a perfect storm for me. :)

It's funny that you say that about social commentary. A huge portion of the film is about Dylan's feelings about being pegged as "social commentary," his movement beyond that (not intentionally, just following his own art), reaction to that change.

Those kind of songs are only a tiny portion of his career, although a great one.

I happen to love Dylan's voice of his earlier days, but I know it's not for everyone. His poetry, however, is in a class with Whitman and Ginsberg. I think Dylan is one of the great American writers.

And to be able to put those lyrics in the musical context he did, synthesizing so many American musical forms and combining them into something entirely new - it's phenomenal.

He's put out some real garbage in his day, but the body of great work he's produced is unparalleled.

Anyway... I'm glad to know you're getting into him. If you haven't already, try Blood On The Tracks and Blonde On Blonde, two of my all-time favourite albums. BOTT is in my top 5. Or maybe my top 2. :)

L-girl said...

And yes, there are many younger songwriters writing good lyrics with social commentary. There always have been.

David Cho said...

Interesting. I subscribe to Rhapsody.com which gives me access to almost all of Dylan's albums - 48 of them.

When checking out an artist unfamiliar to me, I tend to go for compilations like "Greatest Hits" and "The Best of Bob Dylan." You will laugh, but I didn't know Blowing In the Wind was written by him until recently. I have always loved Joan Baez's rendition of Forever Young, but never bothered to learn that that too was by Dylan until recently.

That is how music illiterate I am. I will have to blog about that one of these days. Pete Seeger has served as a bridge to a lot of the artists of the folk revival genre.

I will get to your recommendations and let you know.

L-girl said...

You will laugh, but I didn't know Blowing In the Wind was written by him until recently.

On the contrary, I understand it completely. I grew up singing that song and hearing it sung, and I didn't realize it was written by Dylan until much later.

Allan, "D" and I were all saying how we think of Blowin' In The Wind as a traditional folk song - that we can hardly believe it was written by a modern person. It has that timeless quality to it.

That song makes me cry.

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Greatest hit compilations are good for getting an overview, for sure. If you want to go further, the albums are worlds unto themselves. If you want, I imagine someone around here would burn a CD or three for you. ;-)

I'm glad you discovered Pete Seeger. Woody Guthrie is worth discovering too. Dylan was, in a sense, the heir to Woody Guthrie.

Woody Guthrie is one of my greatest heroes. "This machine kills fascists."

(In case you don't know, that was written on a sticker on his guitar.)

As you may have noticed, I can (and do) go on and on about this.

David Cho said...

Do you have Pete Seeger's "We shall overcome:Complete Carnegie Hall Concert?"

The concert took place 3 years before I was born!

I love the way he engages the audience. He always give them a little blurb about each song and invites them to sing along. He has a great sense of humor. I did not know that he was largely responsible for popularizing We shall overcome.

Do you like Peter Paul and Mary? I adore their albums.

David Cho said...

I am listening to "Let Freedom Ring..Volume II" album. It has songs from various artists such as Phil Ochs, Joan Baez, The Weavers, etc.

Anyway, it has "Playboys and PlayGirls" performed by Dylan and Seeger doing a duet! It cracks me up. That song is just hilarious. I LOVE IT.

L-girl said...

Do you have Pete Seeger's "We shall overcome:Complete Carnegie Hall Concert?"

Nope, I don't have that. I don't listen to folk music at all. I really only like it live - which means I haven't heard any since I stopped going to folk festivals, a long time ago. But when I did, I saw Pete Seeger a lot, especially at his Clearwater Festival.

Do you like Peter Paul and Mary?

No. Not at all.

L-girl said...

But I do listen to tons of music that was made before I was born - mostly blues, but also country and jazz.

David Cho said...

I stopped going to folk festivals, a long time ago

Aren't Dylan and Guthrie's music considered folk? Specifically folk revival?

L-girl said...

Dylan's folk music is an extremely small portion of his career.

He's been recording for more than 40 years - he's still recording. He made what is usually classified as folk music for about 3 of those years.

I love Woody Guthrie, he's a political and social hero of mine, but I don't listen to his recorded music. There have been some great folk/country/rock covers of his songs, I have several of them, but I don't listen to Woody Guthrie singing Woody Guthrie. I don't think I even own any. (Allan?)

L-girl said...

David, if you haven't read it, you might like to read Woody Guthrie's book, Bound For Glory.

L-girl said...

I stopped going to folk festivals, a long time ago

Aren't Dylan and Guthrie's music considered folk? Specifically folk revival?


I'd still like to go to Folk Festivals, it would still be fun, I just haven't in many years. Most folk festivals include many kinds of folk music - country, blues, gospel, zydeco, western swing, cowboy music, etc. Folk is usually very broadly defined at a festival,and I love all that stuff, especially (or sometimes only) live.

David Cho said...

I will watch the Dylan movie and also look into Guthrie's book. I take it that Dylan does not particularly enjoy being pigeonholed as a song writer of social commentary as you suggest.

L-girl said...

I take it that Dylan does not particularly enjoy being pigeonholed as a song writer of social commentary as you suggest.

Quite the understatement. Dylan has a well-known and extreme aversion to labels of any kind. He refuses to be defined by anyone, even when the label seems very fitting. He keeps re-creating himself and he won't give anyone a simple answer.

Also, he hasn't been a songwriter of social commentary for a reeeeeally long time. His songs are much more complex than that.

But anyway, if you do see the movie, let me know what you think. You'll be seeing it without any context. We knew the whole history of the famous concerts where Dylan "went electric", as it was called then - for you it will all be brand new.

redsock said...

I think we have one Guthrie CD -- a reissue of an old LP.

Dylan's "folk" years ended more than 40 years ago, though of course a lot of his music since then has had folk influences.

David, if you have access to a 3-disc set called "Biograph", you should check it out. It was released in 1985 and covers his whole career up to that point and includes stuff that had been previously unreleased.

The scary thing about Dylan is that the stuff he's written and recorded through the decades and not released officially would also constitute a jaw-droppingly amazing career.

David Cho said...

I have access to Biograph as well as Blood On The Tracks and Blonde On Blonde through rhapsody.com.

Upon further review, rhapsody has him classified under Rock/Pop - Singer/Songwriter, not Folk. I had him pegged under Folk because of his ties to Guthrie, Seeger and of course Baez.

Dylan's "folk" years ended more than 40 years ago

I've been trying to catch up with stuff that came out before I was born :)

David Cho said...

I am now re-reading this thread and getting a chuckle out of my ignorance here.

Good stuff. Thank you both (and Martin Scorsese) for educating me on this.