Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Blessing to End the Year

Over the last couple of posts, I made reference to the ancient Jewish priestly blessing, and how Bob Dylan's song, "Forever Young," is based on it.  This began with the fact that I used the lyrics to that song as a reading at last Friday's Sabbath service, when I served as lay leader at Congregation Adas Emuno, in Leonia.  So, to close out this series, topic, and year, here is a live cover version from one of my all-time favorite female vocalists, Joan Baez:

If anyone has a right to sing Dylan's songs, it's Joan!  Or Bruce, Springsteen, that is, at least singing along with Bob:

And while we're at it, how about Neil Young singing the song, backed by the Grateful Dead?

And now this, Dylan on the old David Letterman show:

And now this?  A Pepsi commercial with Dylan and rapper Will-i-am:

And while we're on the subject of advertising, here's an ad for Dylan's first children's book, entitled, you guessed it, Forever Young:

And let's not forget about auld Johnny Cash:

And how about the new wave version from The Pretenders, playing during the credits for Free Willy 2 of all things:

And then there's a powerful version from Patti LaBelle:

And let's close the year out with old Bob, himself, live at Budokan:

And may God bless and keep you always, and shine His light on you in 2010!  Happy New Year!

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