Please don't let that song come on the radio; it's ruined music
Every time I visit the Ruined Music site I find writing that resonates somehow with me -- a fresh illumination of the ways that music inseparably intertwines with life and often gets messy.
There's a wonderful new piece about Bob Dylan's quintessential summer night song (which, okay, may also be about death), "Not Dark Yet":
As spring came and the weather got warmer, I sent her a Bob Dylan song called “Not Dark Yet,” from his album Time Out of Mind. I had listened to this song on many a summer night since I was twelve. The way the music flowed, creating an atmosphere of heat and darkness, was more cathartic than most songs I’d ever known. When she first listened to the song (with her eyes closed, the way we always listened to the important songs) she said, soon as it ended, “It makes me think of a summer night.”
It's an aching and beautiful piece about an achingly beautiful song. Read it here.
Not Dark Yet - Bob Dylan
I also enjoyed the recent reflections about Sloan, unreleased Ryan Adams, and The Rolling Stones' "Waiting On A Friend." Man, I love that site.