Like a Rolling Stone

I have had a tough week with travel and lots of bad news.  Bad news even this morning.  So, just to break things up a little, and because Rolling Stone was mentioned elsewhere today, here are videos for your amusement.

First, Muddy Waters – Rollin’ Stone:

Next, Bob Dylan, of course… dig that groovy Hammond organ!

And because I am in a black mood…

I am not in that much of a black mood… creepy song.

For kicks, but really bad audio, Bob Dylan with the Rolling Stones doing Like a Rolling Stone, HERE

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  1. APX says:

    “Like a Rolling Stone” hits a little too close to home for me to find it amusing anymore.

  2. steve51b31 says:

    So very sorry for your bad news. Saying rosary tonight for your needs.

  3. Mary of Carmel says:

    I’m sorry to hear you are having such a hard time, too, and will pray the Memorare for your strength and perseverance.
    Put up your feet and rest a while. Put on some of your favorite classical music and sip on a cup of hot tea (decaf) before bed.
    God bless!

  4. gracie says:

    Here’s one that might suit your mood:

  5. Auggie says:

    Good song for someone who loves astronomy… Feel better soon, Fr. Z

  6. lsclerkin says:

    I am steeling myself now. Bad news? For Holy Church?
    For the remnant and faithful?
    For priests?
    I get a feeling that it isn’t just personal bad news.
    I could be wrong, but …

  7. Maltese says:

    There is a Chinese proverb: “may you live in interesting times.”
    Some see it as a curse. In the history of the world, we have never seen a time when morals are turned upside-down. In economics…well, in economics, never has the world lived in such falsely-created wealth. In geopolitics, never have we seen the world at each-others throats like we do today, with the verified weapons to cause mass casualties. Not even when the Beserkers were storming the gates of civilization have we seen so much danger (though today, the danger is less obvious–it’s hidden from the average iPad aficionado.) But we also live in a wonderful time, because we have knowledge like never before, and hopefully we can pull ourselves together to prevent what I see as a dark storm on the horizon.

  8. APX says:

    I am not in that much of a black mood… creepy song.
    It’s about a guy at his girlfriend’s funeral. I’m surprised no one has parodied it yet about black vestments for funerals. The very beginning reminds me of some Gregorian chant incipet I’ve heard somewhere.

  9. RafqasRoad says:

    Fr. Z.,

    Here’s another astronomical offering; Vangelis is brilliant (so so so much more than the ubiquitous ‘ Chariots of fire’

    Best heard through headphones; some of his best early work.

  10. StWinefride says:

    Praying for you, Father Z.

    Here’s some joie de vivre!

  11. Kathleen10 says:

    I just got some bad news as well Fr. Z. I’m sorry for yours. This journey through life is not easy, that’s for sure. We need all the help we can get at times.
    Try listening to a little Elvis. “Swing Down Sweet Chariot” is a good one. It’s hard to feel discouraged after hearing that one, or “Joshua Fit the Battle” or “Working on the Building”. Sometimes straight up gospel music is the way to go. Fight those blues with some gospel music!
    May God hear the prayers of our petitions for loved ones. Amen.

  12. juergensen says:

    Handel’s “Messiah”. All of it. It has in times of trouble brought tears of joy.

  13. robtbrown says:

    I don’t know about Fr Z, but for me Gospel music would turn melancholy into complete despair.

    Handel’s Water Music, however . . .

  14. robtbrown says:

    BTW, a few days ago I drove by–but didn’t go in–Graceland.

  15. Elizabeth D says:

    A Memorare for you Fr Z.

  16. robtbrown says:

    Also Del McCoury: Vincent Black Lightning

  17. Kathleen10 says:

    Really? To each his own, but I can’t fathom that someone would find singing about Jesus or Joshua to be depressing. It lifts my spirits, but then again, I grew up on it.

  18. Auggie says:

    Gospel music is not always good doctrine, but it’s good entertainment–better than most things in the world.

  19. robtbrown says:


    For me its too corny.

    The only thing worse than hearing Amazing Grace sung is hearing it played on bagpipes

  20. Scott W. says:

    Rolling Stone is great, but I’ve burned out and gravitate toward Dylan’s lesser heard stuff like this:

  21. DeGaulle says:

    What about this attack on liberals by Dylan-he’s fairly pessimistic about their eventual destiny too?:

    “They got some beautiful people out there, man
    They can be a terror to your mind and show you how to hold your tongue
    They got mystery written all over their forehead
    They kill babies in the crib and say only the good die young
    They don’t believe in mercy
    Judgement on them is something that you’ll never see
    They can exalt you up or bring you down main route
    Turn you into anything that they want you to be

    Well, there ain’t no goin’ back
    When your foot of pride come down
    Ain’t no goin’ back”.

    [Foot of Pride, 1983 (and getting more topical by the day)].

  22. Suburbanbanshee says:

    The “mystery written all over their forehead” line is a nice reference to Revelation 17:5.

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