- Changes in structure – less of the songs to be above board
- (1:30) Song – context, Red Room, and the 7 song sketches we should have done
- (5:00) Even if this song is easier to hear than “King of France,” Kelly still rewrites the song!
- “Dylan’s Basement songs fall into two principal categories. The first is songs tinctured with the search for salvation” / “The second category is songs of joy, signaling some form of deliverance and including most of the remaining titles”
Marcus, from his Basement Tapes liner notes
- “It sounds as well like a testing and a discovery of memory and roots. The Basement Tapes are a kaleidoscope like nothing I know, complete and no more dated than the mail, but they seem to leap out of a kaleidoscope of American music no less immediate for its venerability.”
- Early Basement Tape sessions, in Dylan’s living room, the “Red Room, Woodstock, spring 1967.
- Sandwiched between LOCK YOUR DOOR / BABY, WON’T YOU BE MY BABY / TRY ME LITTLE GIRL / I CAN’T MAKE IT ALONE / [Don’t try me now] / ONE FOR THE ROAD / ONE MAN’S LOSS
- “I Can’t Make It Alone” was inspiration for a song I riffed on called “Hear Me Now”
- These seven ‘songs’ had all gone undocumented when they appeared in toto on a set of reels passed to collectors by a former Band roadie in 1986. This should not really be surprising, given that none of these songs had been copyrighted in 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1973, or 1975 – when various batches from the basement were registered with Dwarf. ”
- These are snapshots of him getting back into the process of writing and The Band into the process of playing with and around him
- “King of France,” from 008, was recorded right around this time, in Dylan’s living room
- They’re not nonsense lyrics, it’s just one more of the unformed songs that were never intended for release. It’s one more song about a guy warning a girl not to mess around with his delicate heart.
Recommendations: At the Drive-In in•ter a•li•a, their first in 17 years! / Football Club out of Australia – their EP’s, the self-titled one and Songs about Friends or the new single, “Ivy,” which really struck me this week
Kelly: 523 – “Trust Yourself”
Real: 447 – “John Birch”