Richie Havens Sings Dylan

richie-havens-dimaggio-eTo all the ships at sea,


I went to the gym today and while I was on the elliptical, I decided to listen to my old friend Richie Havens. Richie and I went back a long, long way and in the download there was an album of Richie’s that I’ve never heard!  It was Richie singing all Bob Dylan songs. Pretty amazing. One of those songs was “The Times They Are A-Changin'” and he put a little twist on it- the lyrics were never touched, but it was Richie’s. Then I thought about Bob winning the nobel prize for literature and the more you get in into it, the more you realize what a genius Dylan was and still is. You also realize how timely the music is in 2016. It’s amazing, totally amazing!

“The Times They Are A-Changin'”

“Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'”


Dylan DiMaggio and Richie Havens © JoAnne Kalish


Joe DiMaggio and Richie Havens © JoAnne Kalish

Bob Dylan The Noblemen

© Joe DiMaggio

Bob Dylan © Joe DiMaggio

Growing up in Greenwich Village I can’t imagine a better place.  You walk out the door and were able to go see & hear music by Peter, Paul & Mary, Phil Ochs. Hell, for 75 cents, for a cup of coffee, you could go see & hear Bob Dylan!  I would like to share this with you – JoAnne and I had breakfast with Harry Chapin one morning.  He was a nearby neighbor.  We both lived on the water in the Huntington/Centerport area.  Harry was a beautiful person. It wasn’t uncommon for him to work for very little with most of the proceeds going to his Children’s Fund.  During breakfast, the question of songwriters came up.  Harry excused himself ran into the other room and came back with the The Writings and Drawings of Bob Dylan and proceeded to give Mr. Zimmerman all the accolades he deserved.  I didn’t need Harry to tell me what a great writer Dylan was.  Article New York Times – Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize, Redefining Boundries of Literature

© Joe DiMaggio

© Joe DiMaggio

Harry Chapin & Son Josh © Joe DiMaggio

Harry Chapin & Son Josh © Joe DiMaggio


Not Dark Yet

To all the ships at sea,

Everybody knows I’m 29 years old… thank god math is not my forte.  Saw Dylan in the day, he was great then, and he’s still great.  Here’s a lyric that just blows me away, it just fits 20515, “Sometimes my burden seems more than I can bear.  It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there.  I was born here and I’ll die here against my will.  I know it looks like I’m moving, but I’m standing still.”

©Joe DiMaggio

©Joe DiMaggio