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!