Friday News and Notes

Bob Dylan

  • CD Monday update: Hush is a really interesting study in limitations and boundaries. For so much of it, it sounds like Bobby McFerrin is keeping up — compensating for the fact that, especially in the classical pieces, the human voice isn’t made to cleanly switch between tones quickly. But then comes “Hoedown!” and Yo-Yo Ma is the one having to keep up and compensate. That willingness for both to push up against their limits — and push hard, in sometimes less than flattering ways — shows a generosity of spirit that makes this album really special, I think.
  • Sturgill First Listen, if’n you hadn’t yet.
  • I’d recommend the First Listen of this Sam Beam/Jesca Hoop album. I’d also recommend watching this video during the chorus of “Soft Place To Land.” I did coincidentally, and it was pure joy.
  • Two other albums I spent time with this week: Robbie Fulks’ new one, Upland Stories, and Glenn Jones’ Fleeting. I really like “Fare Thee Well, Carolina Gals” from the former and “Mother’s Day” from the latter. Also really like the cover of Fleeting. Gonna be hard to resist if I see it in a record store.
  • No show updates for this week — I’m on full-time daddy duty with Mrs. YHT out of town. Might use this opportunity to engage in some Bob Dylan indoctrination. The adults in the household are split 1 for and 1 against, so Baby YHT has the swing vote…

I vote that everyone has a great weekend!

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