i’ll fly away

“I eventually came to the conclusion you should never say anything in poetry that you would not say in prose.  Poetry has the same obligation to make sense as any other statement made by the human mouth. […] As for songwriting, if something has a pretty enough melody or a strong enough sense of arrangement, people will listen to it even if the lyrics make no sense — but that does not make it a well-written song. […] When songs get pretentious, overflowery and obscure, that person is proclaiming he or she is an artist. […] I think it was a good thing that, back in the Renaissance, people like Michelangelo were treated like interior decorators.  A well-written song is a craft item.  Take care of the craft and the art will take care of itself.”

-Dave Van Ronk, The Mayor of Macdougal Street

The Reverend Gary Davis was one hell of an interior decorator.


come back, baby

Inspiration for Inside Llewellyn Davis, mentor to Robert Zimmerman, sage of 1960s Lower East Side Manhattan, The Mayor of Macdougal Street himself:  Dave Van Ronk.  

As with a lot of his arrangements, I thought, hey that sounds easy enough, let’s pull up a tab and give it a go.  Nope.  Hard as shit.

I’m so tired of trying.

You do it, Dave.

“Climb this mountain, call my baby back…”

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