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Every grain of sand

Bob Dylan has been back in the news  with a new album and tour.  The familiar  opinions are voiced about him being what many describe as  some sort of caricature of his former self- yet Dylan has always been the classic unfinished artist. Just when you think you have locked him down, he surprises  you with a change of direction musically. The song I want to share with you today is decades old and comes from his album Shot of Love.I love this song because it is beautiful, gentle, challenging, lyrically profound, desperate. It  tells the story of an unfinished Christian struggling to get to grips with the full implication of the truth he believes. It tells the story of someone focused on the path that moves him forward. A man with no time or inclination to look back on past mistakes or regrets  as anything more than a chain of events he must break. He is desperate to realise the full promise of a new life in Christ.

The sleeve notes quote from the Gospel of Matthew; “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth because thous hast hidden these things from the wise  and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”  As Dylan sings:

“Then onward in my journey, I come to understand that every hair is numbered  like  every grain of sand. I hear the ancient footsteps like the motion of the seas, sometimes I turn there’s someone there sometimes it’s only me. I am hanging in the balance of the reality of man, like every sparrow falling, like every grain of sand

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When he returns

Just beautiful. Music from the great Bob Dylan’s ‘Slow Train Coming’ and images from ‘The Gospel According To Saint Matthew’– Pier Paolo Pasolini. Watch, listen and open your heart.

 “They’ll be no peace until he returns. He knows your need even before you ask. How long can you hate yourself for the weakness you conceal? He’s got plans of his own to set up his throne when he returns.”

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Pressing On

I was blown away by the film I’m Not There. Todd Haynes’ unusual tribute to the many facets of Bob Dylan. Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Ben Whishaw and the late Heath Ledger each embody part of the legend that is Bob Dylan: from Greenwich village folk troubadour to electric guitar trailblazer to born again preacher- the whole movie hung together with the narrative of Dylan’s unforgettable music.  One of my favourite sequences from the film is when the Dylan character turns his back on fame to become a small town church preacher and gospel singer. Are you standing still in your faith or pressing on and maybe humming Bob Dylan along the way?

Watch and enjoy. For more on the film see http://www.imnotthere-movie.com/

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