Some more about Rudolphus

First a little background: Some days ago, my friend Kevin Edelvang, organ grinder at St Stephen’s Church in Copenhagen, sent me a funny little text that started with “Reno erat Rudolphus”. I thought it might be fun to find a Gregorian hymn melody that would fit the metre, and slip the song in at some […]


Reno erat Rudolphus

Here’s a Christmas song that I wrote 800 years ago:   (if the fancy media bar above doesn’t work, or if you want to download an mp3) And here’s the sheet music to go with it, in a slightly modernized version (and with some changes in the lyrics in relation to the recorded version): Ten […]


My Fault (a punk song)

Tom Lehrer once said: “If you can’t communicate, the least you can do is shut up!” I’ve been living by that adage: if I don’t think what I have to say will make any difference, then why say it? I don’t have an expressive urge, and history is filled with great art, made and transmitted […]


It Ain’t Me, Babe meets the Devil (on a bad day)

Time for another track, perhaps. This one is a long time coming as well. It started with the idea that this song has two faces. One is the defiant, harsh, “screw you” character that puts it in the category with Positively 4th Street and Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat. The cocky, major-key bravado that says: “you may […]


Jokerman

Jokerman is, without any doubt whatsoever, one of the great classics on a rollercoaster album such as Infidels. The single-guitar version on dylanchords, however, never really did it for me: great song, great harmonies, but so thin when you’re alone with your guitar, without the exquisite drums’n’bass work by Sly and Robbie. Then, one day, […]


Guitar in Two Weeks, day 13: Open Tuning

Finally – it took more than a year, but here’s the next lesson: on open tunings. I have had three life-changing epiphanies in my life as a guitar player. The first was the first time I tried a twelve-string guitar. I realized that the fullness of that sound was what I had been dreaming of […]


“I Stole A Song”

At last: I’ve found it! Not the holy grail, not the place where pencils and single socks live, but the melody to Steel Guitars, James Damiano’s composition that Dylan allegedly stole and used for his song Dignity. [see  this if you don't have a clue what I'm talking about (and this and this if you're […]


Last Words on Dignity (the song, that is)

The story so far I’ve been involved with the Damiano-Dignity “case” now for more than a decade. Here’s a summary, and my last words (I hope) on this matter. Act One: Musicological Inquiries When I first heard that Dylan had stolen “Dignity” from a poor songwriter, James Damiano, I was more sympathetic towards the victim […]


Can Anything Good Come From North Carolina?

Some times things move quickly. In a couple of minutes, one gets a handful of friends for life. Here’s How After more years than I care to think about as a somewhat (some people might say) autistic Dylan listener, I woke up one day with the urge to find out what had happened in the […]