Bob & Barack
Our President recently bestowed the ” The Presidential Medal of Freedom ” to one of our favorite balladeers Bob Dylan. In his seventy one years Bob has received Grammies, a Academy award,and a Golden Globe. He is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, The Songwriters Hall of Fame, and a Pulitzer Prize and those are just the ones he wears on his Green Jacket.
The following are the words from our President as he speaks of giving Bobby D. his award : ” Here’s what I love about Dylan. He was exactly as you’d expect he would be. He wouldn’t come to rehearsal, usually. All these guys are practicing before the set in the evening. He didn’t want to take a picture with me, usually the talent is dying to take a picture with me and Michelle before the show, he didn’t show up for that. He came in and played “Times they Are A-Changing”. A beautiful rendition. The guy is so steeped in that stuff that he can just come up with some new arrangement, and the song sounds so completely different. Finishes the song, steps off stage- I’m sitting right in the front row-comes up, shakes my hand, sort of tips his head, gives me just a little grin, and then leaves. And that was it-then he left. That was our only interaction with him. And I thought: That’s how you want Bob Dylan, right? You don’t want him to be all cheesin’ and grinnin’ with you. You want him to be a little skeptical about the whole enterprise. So that was a real treat.”
Well said and I agree with the Prez that we want Bob to be Bob and let Minnie Pearl be Minnie Pearl. Groove.
I loved your background on (North) Bundy Drive. During the same time period if you got on the #5 Blue Bus going West on Sunset Blvd., you would eventually arrive at Las Casas Ave. in the Pacific Palisades. It was less impressive than your gorgeous neighborhood, but our block housed Buddy Ebsen (he would feed us green jello), Richard Boone (he watered his yard in his boxer shorts and gave big tips to the paper boy), and Anthony Quinn, who would pull his car over to join us in a game of vacant-lot baseball. We had holly hocks, a huge pepper tree and several VACANT LOTS!!! Your comments brought that perfect 1950’s childhood right back to me. Many thanks for sharing!!!!
Gigi, were you north or south of Sunset. Wonderful visions of all the famous people doing very regular things. Thanks for the kind words