Robert Allen Zimmerman is 70 today. Happy Birthday Bob Dylan!
And today I did something that I have never done before, but I am going to do it again fairly soon. That probably makes it sound much, much more interesting than it was. But I enjoyed it – one often does the first time.
And that mammal from yesterday – thank you to those suggesting it is probably the Groundhog – it probably is. One of the Marmot family.
I did see a new bird today – Sandhill Crane – a couple of times.
And because it is Bob’s birthday then it had to be my favourite Dylan album as soundtrack today – Blood on the Tracks (harking back to yesterday’s roadkill blog, perhaps?).
And in Shelter from the Storm we hear ‘I’ve heard newborn babies wailin’ like a mournin’ dove’ and in You’re a Big Girl Now we hear ‘Bird on the horizon, sittin’ on a fence, And I’m just like that bird’, and in Tangled Up in Blue there is ‘Was to keep on keepin’ on like a bird that flew.’ and in Meet Me in the Morning we get ‘The birds are flyin’ low babe, honey I feel so exposed’ which must make BotT the most birdy of all Bob’s albums – surely?
Today I started in Indiana and am now in Wisconsin – didn’t make as much progress as I would have liked today. But Bob kept me happy – and the cranes helped too.
And that thing I did for the first time? You might be disappointed. I drove into a new time zone. I’ve only ever changed time zones by crossing the English Channel or getting off a plane in a new country. Today, for a brief instant, the back end of my tank-like car was in Indiana and the front end was already in Illinois but one hour earlier – work that out?
And I am further West in the world than I have ever been before too.
Maybe it’s been quite an exciting day really. Happy Birthday Bob!