“Oh, What’ll You Do Now?”

On Action in the Face of Destruction

"I’m a-goin’ back out ’fore the rain starts a-fallin’"
-Bob Dylan, A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (1963)
Poster 1965
A poster from 1965

Is it comforting or worrisome to know that, sixty years ago, Bob Dylan sang about many if not all of our current problems in his early 1960s songs? Perhaps both.

You’ll recognize much our predicament in the lyrics of It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding).… Read the rest

Long Live All Who Can’t Be Fooled

A poem by HK & The Saltimbanks

This is my first post in a couple of weeks. I intend on blogging more in the nearby future. I am taking a break to recap, reconsider and re-energize life. For now I want to share a beautiful poem by HK & The Saltimbanks, a French music group, published December 23, 2021. I translated this from French.

We are the poets, we are the artists 
Our weapons are words and guitar strings 
Drum rolls please: troubadours enter stage 
Musical notes, stars, smiles and stares 

We're seeing these days, in these strange times 
A crazy twist: suddenly we’re troublemakers 
We’re on the fringe, we’re atypical 
We’re from another era, we’re romantic 

“Have you not heard, soldiers?
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