There is so much great material on this site… And I really like the concept of comments by paragraph.
But I wish it had a more inviting look. Does anyone else build a wp theme that does this functionality? I think if it was more fun to look at, you’d build a solid following.
My 2¢ for what its worth.
Thanks for taking the time to enter a comment. I appreciate it. I’m glad you found it interesting. I think you are correct, if the site looked snazzier it would draw more people in. I think I also need to promote it somehow, create a blog etc. I’m thinking about ways to do both of those things. (tweaking the design is tough sledding.) Right now I’m working on another outside project and i haven’t been able to focus on it. But I will. the site is built using the CommentPress theme – http://futureofthebook.org/commentpress/examples/. I’ve seen a few examples that tweak the design a bit to make it look nicer.
Well, then, it seems that Dylan was the only one of his era to have been able to embody fully the musicality that is essential to great poetry, the second voice that haunts every poet, but which he generally delegates to those who recite or read him, the power of song that is his ultimate and secret truth and that some have gone mad – literally and tragically mad – trying to pull from cage into canto.
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October 9, 2018 at 2:24 am
hogwash. it’s one of the strongest songs on the album
See in context
September 19, 2018 at 9:25 pm
September 19, 2018 at 1:41 pm
I’m sorry but you have got a typo in this paragraph: “Edie was a
wild child with a penchant…”
August 12, 2018 at 7:01 pm
John the Baptist was just a few months older than Jesus, (they were cousins) therefore there is no way for him to have baptised”baby Jesus”. Instead,he baptised Jesus in the Jordan River and they were both adult men.
August 10, 2018 at 2:31 pm
They load ok for me. ?
August 10, 2018 at 11:29 am
Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the images on this blog loading?
I’m trying to determine if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.
Any feed-back would be greatly appreciated.
August 10, 2018 at 1:44 am
Great food for thought, the whole point of creating this site.
August 9, 2018 at 1:52 pm
I don’t think Gates of Eden has a conventional moral message at all. Dylan never lived by conventional morals. Just because Dylan used Biblical motifs throughout his songwriting doesn’t mean it was to convey a conventional moral message,. I think there is plenty of evidence to conclude that Dylan’s spirituality was not the “believe and obey” authority, clearly defined good and bad, reward and punishment, fear and guilt kind of fundamentalist type of religiosity, but instead it was an individualistic, humanitarian, mystical direct experience of God kind of spirituality. He would certainly use themes from the Judeo-Christian tradition, but always interpreted mystically ,just as Joseph Campbell did.
To me, Gates of Eden is the state of being for souls who no longer believe or perceive in an artificial separation between humans, nature, and God. Everything that is outside of the Gates of Eden is for those whose spirituality has not yet developed enough to know that every being, every bit of matter organic and non-organic, the entire universe, altogether collectively is what God is.
December 15, 2017 at 8:17 pm
This is vs 1 before his reflective refrain.
“Crimson flames tied through my ears”
I’m thinking this has to do with how certain Dylan was that the ideas he had were true, big T true. His certainty motivated him to set up the following line as a battle strategy against those who thought differently.
“Rollin’ high and mighty traps”
Here’s the confidence of youth from that certainty setting up traps for those who didn’t know what he did.
“Pounced with fire on flaming roads”
Raw and fiery determination set his course. The strength of his youth dedicated to the journey.
“Using ideas as my maps”
He simply let his imagination and belief guide him.
“‘We’ll meet on edges, soon,’ said I”
Whether he’s speaking to the enemies of his truth or his fellow travelers doesn’t seem to matter here.
“Proud ’neath heated brow”
The heat in his head produced by the crimson flames, fire, and flaming roads.
The refrain to the verses is the reflection after some time on that road, recognizing that he really didn’t get it after all, or if he did get it, he is less certain that his truth was big T truth, or that he should have brandished his weapons against those who disagreed with him.
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