I need to thank Deacon Scott for posting this video on his blog, Καθολικός διάκονος.
When I was ten years old and living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I used to sit down at the piano to pick out the tunes to songs in one of my mother's books, Great Songs of the Sixties. During the two years I lived in Malaysia, the songs from that book, a Carly Simon tape, two Simone and Garfunkle LPs and Don McLean's American Pie constituted the sum total of my exposure to American Rock. We moved to Hong Kong when I was 12, and then I could listen to disco on the radio (this was 1978), and once a week, Casey Kasem's Top 40. Through those years, I continued to copy and recopy the lyrics to my favorite songs from Great Songs of the Sixties into my journal. I didn't move back to the U.S. until I was 15 years old. It took another year before I had an opportunity to have the following conversation with my new best friend, Robin:
- "I love poetry!"
- "Me, too!"
- "Who's your favorite poet?"
- "Well, I love T.S. Eliot and Walt Whitman, but my favorite is someone maybe you haven't heard of? His name is Bob Die-lan."
To sit here at my computer and watch Fr. Bob Barron speak about his passion for Bob Dylan's music is one of life's sweetest pleasures, one I only discovered this evening (thanks again, Scott!). And he's right -- Dylan's voice is beautiful and his songs, from the beginning, are deeply indebted to the Bible. I love Fr. Barron's writings. I was first smitten when I read The Strangest Way. As a theologian, I really think Fr. Barron rocks!
Watching these two videos is a little like taking two of your favorite foods and combining them in a recipe to come up with a dish that is a revelation! Watch this one, too: