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The desert wind is blowing lightly through the palm tree fronds this Sunday, Palm Sunday by the western churches calendar. The weather carried on the wind is sunny and increasingly warm. Two thousand years ago, on the first Palm Sunday, the fickle crowd swayed in favor of a promised prince of peace, a ruler to set things right. Within the week, the wind shifted again, bringing darkness to match men’s hearts and death to set things right.
Years ago, I caught a moment with a rainbow set in a dark sky over the palm trees planted in an Arizona desert city. I thought of it the evening before Palm Sunday and dug it out of the archives. The rainbow calls to mind Noah and the Great Flood, when the Sovereign of the universe was so offended that he used water to wash away almost all of life on Earth. Yet, He chose one righteous man and his extended family, along with a population of birds and beasts, to weather the cataclysm. No sooner had the flood waters receded and the ark emptied, with Noah leading sacrificial thanks, then the Lord said:
At the beginning of March, I left deep discussion of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” to others. True, I included Peter, Paul, and Mary’s rendition on “A Breezy Playlist.” It is also true that I issued the standard warnings about the possibility of disco and bears if postings did not pick up along the way. However, this, this never crossed my mind. Blame @arahant who, in a comment on @prestonstorm’s “A Millenial’s Appreciation of Star Trek,” pointed out William Shatner singing to George Lucas.
That is like a laser pointer to a cat for me. What follows is the result of my mental cat running the computer mouse all over as the little green dot danced away. Enjoy some culture and cornbread heading into the weekend. Courtesy of the American Film Institute:
To help you breeze into the weekend, sit back in your favorite chair or cruise down your favorite road with one of Chet Atkin’s classic instrumental recordings, “Windy and Warm.” I offer two recordings, one live version with the back story offered by the song’s composer, John D. Loudermilk, and the original 1961 recording by […]
‘When all around the wind doth blow // And coughing drowns the parson’s saw // And birds sit brooding in the snow // […] // Then nightly sings the staring owl, // Tu-whit; // Tu-who, a merry note,’ – William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost.
Having found a bit of honest culture, whilst rummaging through the index of a book to find something to fit March’s ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ theme for group writing, I now face the problem of what to do with it: Do I just let it sit there raising the tone of things, or do I try to wander sidewise into some apropos topic of the day?
In 2018 I posted AM to FM, my recollections of when, in late 1966, WOR became the first FM station to play modern music in the New York area and, after it changed formats a few months later, to be followed by WNEW-FM in October 1967. The DJs and overall tone on FM was much […]
Music featuring wind instruments has never been central to my home catalog. Yet, a series of performers and pieces, across genres, stand out over the decades of my life. This is the windy music soundtrack of my life. My mother likes jazz, while my father does not. So, us kids got early exposure to jazz […]
At our house, it seems that we’re throwing out the ’70s at the same time as I’m getting back some of my connections to the early ’70s.
A few days ago I had to admit (in “Iconic Men: Where Have We Gone Wrong“) that I once owned a pair of bell-bottom trousers. I occasionally wore them, even in public. One of the photos posted in the comments reminded me (though I didn’t say so at the time) that I had once owned an orange-plaid sports coat as well. It wasn’t one of those jackets with super-wide pointy lapels; just a sports jacket that I always wore with a tie, but still not something in which to appear in public outside the ’70s.
As he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. Suddenly, a violent storm arose on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves — but Jesus kept sleeping. So the disciples came and woke him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to die!” He said to them, “Why are you afraid, […]
We are enjoying a few days of cooler weather, with grey skies occasionally lowering to gently rain on the desert floor. In the high country, north and south of the Valley of the Sun, the mountains have a fresh coat of snow. All of this is carried to us on the desert winds. Arizona is […]
Then the word of the Lord came to him: ‘Why are you here, Elijah?’ He replied, I am moved by the zeal for the Lord, G‑d of Hosts…’ The Lord said to him, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord. But the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire. But the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire – a still, small voice. (I Kings 19:9-12)
When we think of powerful winds, many of us think of tornadoes, hurricanes, or other destructive forces. The very strength of these natural phenomena, if we are caught up in them, may bring us to our knees, at least figuratively: we pray that G-d will save us from disasters caused by the violence of these forces.
I will leave the debate over various renditions of Dylan’s 1962 song to others, assuming someone chooses to take it up or the days fill with other riffs on the theme. Kick back and enjoy a short playlist organized around the theme “blowin’ in the wind.”
The Association leads off with their 1967 joyous harmonizing in “Everyone Knows its Windy.”
Everyone knows it’s windy . . . in March. Ricochet members, founding or first time subscribers, AND especially the reticent or keyboard shy, are heartily encouraged to join in our group writing project this month. Each month, Ricochet members like you share a few thoughts, a bit of knowledge or creativity, playing off a theme. […]