Thursday, January 10, 2008

How does it feel to kill a mockingbird?

After a long time I come home early and watch a good movie. Good change from regular rut.

1. Positive Guilt !

I am a quite late to the office. No real reason - just laziness. The guilt actually then pushes me to work more than I ususally do and faster too. I actually leave early !

2. Early early early

I leave office early, come and watch TV, cook early, eat early and then sleep (relatively) early!

3. To Kill a Mocking Bird

Pretty good movie and more than a reasonable justification to the novel. Gregory Peck won an oscar for his role in this movie playing Aticus Finch. Fits in nicely as a Dad and a morally upright lawyer. I tend to forget the details of the things I read. It is awesome to have all the memories of the novel back. I read it some 4-5 years back.

What really impresses me the most, is not Gregory Peck, but the child actors playing Scout and Jem. Their relationship as brother and sister is more or less the same as in the Novel. The fact that they didn't get along all that well on the sets initally when they met- helped. Mary Bedham got an Oscar nomination for her role as Scout. What a surprise in the end ... Young Robert Duvall making his debut as the recluse - Boo Radley!!

The movie is ranked at 20 in the List of American Film Institute's greatest movie of all time. I loved the start of the movie- when names are being introduced.

4. Like a rolling stone

This is the ringtone on my mobile!!

Didn't he just say it - everytime. To me Dylan is a Songwriter- poet - and then singer. After watching 'No direction home' - you come to know his real face. I always saw him as a political activist along with being a musician. But, truly he just liked writing and singing. He was pretty influential in Civil rights movements but, that was just a byproduct.

He didn't have an exceptional voice or anything - it is his musical sense and writing abilitites that helped him paint a new class of his own. I don't think there is any artist who comes close to comparision. He was different - and has been for 5 decades! A year and half earlier, at the of 65 he came up with an album called 'Modern Times'. It reached #1 on US charts and Rolling Stones ranked it as the album of the year!

He defied all music conventions, when he started- was hated and loved equally for that. Even now - he stays the same. Either you like him or hate him. He was booed away when he picked up the elictric guitar at a Folk rock function. He is on every influential list in this World - TIME magazine's 100 most powerful people, Rolling Stones, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall Of Fame, Grammy, Golden Globe, Academy Award- you just name it and he is on it. Would you believe it - he has been even nominated several times for the Nobel Prize in Literature!! Well, I didn't know that. That very puts him above the music category in terms of influence on the World.

I am reading about him. If you want to know more - you have to read books, watch movies, listen to music - about him, by him, against him.

No point talking more about him - there are enough things to make a Library on him!

Just listen to this 'true' song.


Once upon a time you dressed so fine
You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you?
People'd call, say, "Beware doll, you're bound to fall"
You thought they were all kiddin' you
You used to laugh about
Everybody that was hangin' out
Now you don't talk so loud
Now you don't seem so proud
About having to be scrounging for your next meal.

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

You've gone to the finest school all right, Miss Lonely
But you know you only used to get juiced in it
And nobody has ever taught you how to live on the street
And now you find out you're gonna have to get used to it
You said you'd never compromise
With the mystery tramp, but now you realize
He's not selling any alibis
As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
And ask him do you want to make a deal?

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

You never turned around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns
When they all come down and did tricks for you
You never understood that it ain't no good
You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you
You used to ride on the chrome horse with your diplomat
Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat
Ain't it hard when you discover that
He really wasn't where it's at
After he took from you everything he could steal.

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

Princess on the steeple and all the pretty people
They're drinkin', thinkin' that they got it made
Exchanging all kinds of precious gifts and things
But you'd better lift your diamond ring, you'd better pawn it babe
You used to be so amused
At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used
Go to him now, he calls you, you can't refuse
When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose
You're invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal.

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?


Dixit said...

Every fan of Bob Dylan should watch the movie "I'm not there". I hear it's quite the artistic mindfuck.
Cate Blanchett plays Dylan during his electric rocking phase.

Tan said...

you know what i really hated about that mpvie and just couldn't tolerate- he actually thought - changing Dylan's voice and making someone else sing those songs ---will justify his artistic sense!!

i mean it is ok to have six personalities (Richard Gere on one of them!!) being played by diff people... but cummon... you can't have some nonsense voice trying to sing softly, unlike dylan... and also have that funny accent trying to copy him!

I have bought a collectors edition 'Don't Look Back' ... its worth 100 times - more than what i paid for...