Monday, July 02, 2007

Visions of Johanna

The peddler now speaks to the countess who's pretending to care for him

Sayin', "Name me someone that's not a parasite and I'll go out and say a prayer for him"

But like Louise always says"Ya can't look at much, can ya man?"

As she, herself, prepares for him

And Madonna, she still has not showed

We see this empty cage now corrode

Where her cape of the stage once had flowed

The fiddler, he now steps to the road

He writes ev'rything's been returned which was owed

On the back of the fish truck that loads

While my conscience explodes

The harmonicas play the skeleton keys and the rain

And these visions of Johanna are now all that remain

I was in Barnes and Noble, and looking over the Gospel music section. I picked up a CD by the Dixie Hummingbirds and turned it over to see Tony Garnier (he's playing the big double bass next to Bob in the video) and Larry Campbell, a guitarist also in Dylan's band posing for a picture with the Hummingbirds. Larry produced their album "Diamond Jubilation" and wrote a few songs for them--Someday (which Larry wrote in the '70's with the Hummingbirds in mind)and When I Go Away. I like the Hummingbirds a lot--they have a witness that has stood the test of time. I also like the Fairfield Four--a group that is also strong in history, tradition and meaning.

Last year, while watching the opening acts for Bob Dylan, I noticed Tony coming out to join the audience and watch the show. He smiled as a little toddler danced and twirled to the music and chatted with his mom a little before going back to the tour bus. I don't think she knew who she was talking to. He just seemed like a nice guy who enjoyed a two year old boy's enjoyment of music. It's great when musicians behave like normal people. It's great when musicians appreciate gospel music. It's great when they help make it.

So, have a good day and take care if your "conscience explodes"--it probably is a good thing 'cause it's warning you of trouble.

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