May the circle of life continue, cheesy though it is. I myself have inhabited a new role in my life: I am an aunt. My brother-in-law and his wife have a new baby boy. Unfortunately, he was born six weeks early after his mother was hospitalized Thursday due to high blood pressure and protein levels. He was born Saturday via emergency C-section, and his mother is in pain recovering, but doing fine. The little one has had a tough time: yesterday his lung collapsed and he had some work done. Though he's a bit small, and a bit weak, it looks as though he's going to make a full recovery. Despite concern, Brian and I are ecstatic to have a nephew. Some of you who know how I feel about babies might be a bit sceptical, but let me iterate how excited I am to spoil and love a baby that I don't have to take care of on a daily basis.
To bring a little world perspective and philosophy to this stuff, I've decided to list my Top 5 Bob Dylan songs, in no particular order:
1. With God on Our Side
This song contributed more to my personal religious and moral beliefs than any other. I recall the exact moment I heard it (at my crappy office job nearly a decade ago) and realized my most basic moral standpoint on politics and organized religion. I hope everyone, no matter their beliefs, can take something from such simple words.
2. Boots of Spanish Leather
I tend to really respect love songs with sad endings for some reason, I find them empowering. I listened to this song a lot at a time when I made one of the best decisions of my life. Oh, and I also heard a lot of Weezer's "The World has Turned and Left Me Here." Hooray for heartache and the sobering wisdom that follows.
3. Tangled Up in Blue
Off my favorite Dylan record, Blood on the Tracks, this is a love story--an entire love story from first look to the afterthoughts of the crumbling relationship. I hope Brian does not take it too personally that I love divorce albums. Check out Paul Simon's Graceland.
4. Like a Rolling Stone
You can never go home again. I don't even no where my home is. Like in "Masters of War," no one does bitter better than Dylan, but that's because he adds insight and wisdom to an otherwise complicated situation. If you can get through his mumbling, the lyrics are great.
5. The Times They Are A-Changin'
This title track is the third on this list from this album, yet I'd never say it was my favorite Dylan ablum. It's more that the songs on Dylan's early records work so well as individual poems, while his later work uses entire albums to tell a story. This is the classic that grabbed me back when I heard the Simon & Garfunkel cover during the end credits of The Wonder Years. What more can I say? The world we live in is cyclical. We can only try our best, just like every generation before us.