Haven’t got time for the pain
Roger McGuinn and Gram Parsons, at The Boston Tea Party, February 1969 by Peter Simon
Dead Flowers, by Townes Van Zant
Top ten lists of albums, songs, concerts and performers are not something I do, because there is so much music that I love, and love at different times for different reasons.
But this in-concert collaboration by a bunch of artists, including Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, and George Harrison would be atop any of those lists.
The older I get, the more meaning this song takes on for me.
Photo by Jim Marshall
Manhattan in the 1950s.
“Mama” Cass Elliot (September 19, 1941 – July 29, 1974)
“Here’s what I love about Dylan – he was exactly as you’d expect he would be. He wouldn’t come to the rehearsal. He didn’t want to take a picture with me; usually all the talent is dying to take a picture with me and Michelle before the show, but he didn’t show up to that. He played The Times They Are a-Changin’. A beautiful rendition. The guy is so steeped in this stuff he can come up with a new arrangement and the song sounds completely different. Finishes the song, steps off the stage ... comes up, shakes my hand, sort of tips his head, gives me just a little grin and then leaves. That was our only interaction with him. And I thought, That’s how you want Bob Dylan, right? You don’t want him to be cheesin’ and grinnin’ with you. You want him to be a little skeptical about the enterprise. -- President Barack Obama
...but you gotta serve somebody