As many of you know John has now been producing this show for more than 25 years. For many people the hour-long program is a highlight of the week. Because of streaming media, the show has a following all around the world. Some of these long-distance-listeners have even made the trek to the Northland for Duluth Dylan Fest and previously Dylan Days in Hibbing.
Regular listeners to the show know that the host usually open with a song selection followed by his reassuring, "Good evening and welcome to Highway 61 Revisited." When we as listeners hear this opening we know all is well with the world. "Tonight we opened the show with 'Temporary Like Achilles'..." which was recorded for Blonde On Blonde.
|John used to record the show on 'dis DAT machine.|
While the songs are playing we talk about the show, the technology that is second nature to him, and most frequently, the common interest that brought us together, Dylan. He's brought The Cutting Edge set in order to mix things up a little, performing Dylan contrasted with studio Dylan. He chooses to spin Take 6 of "She's Your Lover Now" from The Cutting Edge.
Halfway through the show John looks for a finds a cut from the Paris, France performance of May '66 in which Dylan spends more than four minutes tuning his guitar. John's uncertain whether this bit would be going too far for his listeners. You may recall that this entire year was pock-marked with heated displeasure being hurled at the band due to Dylan's transformation from folk to electric. The concerts featured an acoustic set followed by an electric set, split by an intermission.
I myself was most eager to hear the cut from France, and prodded a bit in case John was reticent. He proceeded with the track which stretched to an eight minute version of "Most Likely You Go Your Way" with Bob holding interest throughout his struggle to get that tuning right. "My guitar is broken. Anyone have a guitar I can borrow?" Twang twang twang twang.... strum, toing, twang, wong wong, twang...
|Making notes helps keep the tracks and facts accurate.|
Upon completing the recording, he still needs to give attention to the length. What he's got is nearly two minutes over the limit so he looks for the places where lingering applause can be cut here and there, or a small space of dead air. Finally, he equalizes all the sound across the hour and locks it in place for his five o'clock time slot. With everything set, we check out and head on our way.
Meantime, life goes on all around you.... Tune in when you can.