The Galaxy – Is it Spring Yet?

Title Page of Dieterich Buxtehude's Membra Jes...

Title page from Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri - (Image via Wikipedia)

Its been a few weeks since I’ve blogged the show.  Some of that was due to the interesting situation that we’ve had with the weather, then the studio.  Its about time that I returned to my formerly happy practice.

We started tonight’s show with an interesting cantata cycle from Dietrich Buxtehude.  Dating back to 1680, Membra Jesu Nostri is a passion-meditation that contemplates the seven different parts of the body of Christ (feet, knees, hands, side, breast, heart and head).  Most of the text is drawn from a popular medieval poem, ‘Salve mundi salutare’, and may have been compiled by Buxtehude himself from an edition published in 1633.

Its been a while since I’ve done some Bob Dylan.  So tonight we did some scaldingly hot performances of his from 1965.  Starting off with his rendition of Maggie’s Farm at the Newport Folk Festival – it truly is something special to hear the attitude in his voice as he sings “I won’t go to work at Maggie’s farm no more!”  The performance of the Bloomfield Blues Band isn’t perfect here, but the guitar work of Mike Bloomfield is something special.  We also heard Ballad of a Thin Man and Like a Rolling Stone, both from his European Tour of that same year.  The Like a Rolling Stone recording is notable for Dylan’s response to the fan yelling out “Judas!”, all of which can be heard here.

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