Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Times They Are A-Changin' – Columbia –1964

What if there was someone who could see what is happening in the trenches and on the outside of town, someone who could advance a new deal by stopping to think and offer something more than just empty-headed answers? What if there were an honest to God song and dance man who understood just what the people needed and instead of holding it over everyone like some ticking time bomb, that person instead shared this truth in the words of a song? A troubadour who refuses to be pacified or cowered by all the derelict promises and riotous threats and makes an actual difference by answering the call and doing his chosen work. This album changes the rules of the game by refusing to play the game, and if that doesn’t throw a wrench in the monkey works, then nothing ever will. It is all here: the so-called finger pointing songs as well as the most lonesome of love songs. It’s all here to pay attention to or to ignore. It has always been our choice and we don’t have to go it alone.

Charles Cicirella

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