Episode 7. Triplicate. Bunker. April 13, 2017.
This is a special episode of Sign on the Window, if only because it’s our first episode in present day with present Dylan. After a varied collection of tracks over the past 50 years, how did this feel? Kelly liked it a lot while Daniel… not so much. He understood the mood Bob was going for, the thematic ties with Fallen Angels and Shadows in the Night.
Before we begin, Daniel posed as Dylan to answer questions (7:15) from the incredible interview Bob did with Bill Flanagan at bobdylan.com. In it, we expand on Dylan’s feelings about the ’60s, the idea that
Then we dive into the songs (17:00): We each have our songs we ride for but, in general, Kelly loves this style of music and music history. In fact, Kelly takes us down a brief history of music beginning with Scott Joplin, ragtime, sheet music to phonographs and wax cylinders. We sampled a recording of Thai music in Berlin in 1900. We talked about the era of great orchestras – and how everyone seemed to have one:
This became our first opportunity to directly compare Dylan’s versions with classic renditions from Frank Sinatra, Billy Holiday, etc. Pulling from No Direction Home, Dylan notes how he feels like he was born at the wrong time, and his influences are strange.
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But we also lived in in the world and have recommendations (44:00). Kelly, inspired by Triplicate, recommended Blossom Dearie.
Daniel spent the week washing the cool Triplicate out with Mastodon’s Emperor of Sand and watching the incredible documentary series on Netflix Five Came Back.