Solitude: Visual Interpretation of an Epic Song Not Yet Written

Music Audio: Janis Joplin/A Woman Left Lonely:

Solitude: Visual Interpretation of an Epic Song Not Yet Written

Photography by: Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

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Bob Dylan Gives Ringing Endorsement to Obama

Music Audio: Bob Dylan/The Times They are a-Changin’

In an exclusive interview with The Times (U.K.) yesterday, Bob Dylan gave a ringing endorsement to Barack Obama, the first-ever African-American presidential candidate, claiming that he is “redefining the nature of politics from the ground up.” Dylan’s 1964 song The Times They are a-Changin became the anthem for his generation, symbolizing the era-defining social struggle against the establishment. Now Bob Dylan, who could justifiably claim to be the architect of Barack Obama’s “change” catchphrase, has backed the Illinois senator to do for modern America what the generation before did in the 1960s. Dylan, 67, made his comments while being interviewed in Denmark, where he had stopped over in a hotel during a tour of Scandinavia.

Asked about his views on American politics, he said: “Well, you know right now America is in a state of upheaval. Poverty is demoralising. You can’t expect people to have the virtue of purity when they are poor. But we’ve got this guy now who is redefining the nature of politics from the ground up…Barack Obama. He’s redefining what a politician is, so we’ll have to see how things play out. Am I hopeful? Yes, I’m hopeful that things might change. Some things are going to have to.” He added: “You should always take the best from the past, leave the worst back there and go forward into the future.”

Dylan’s endorsement contains a great deal of symbolic significance. The legendary singer-songwriter, who has an art exhibition opening in London next week, became a focal point for young people worldwide when he released the album The Times They Are a-Changin’, including the famous song of that name, back in 1964. The track, which he wrote as the social liberation of the ’60s astonished politicians and parents, included lines urging people to accept and embrace what was happening around them.

Memorable lines included: “Come senators, congressmen, please heed the call. Don’t stand in the doorway, don’t block up the hall,” and: “Come mothers and fathers throughout the land, and don’t criticise what you can’t understand. Your sons and your daughters are beyond your command. Your old road is rapidly agin’.

The complete Times interview is here.

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John Edwards Endorses Barack Obama for President

John Edwards Endorses Barack Obama for President

John Edwards, the former North Carolina Senator who bowed out of the presidential race last January, endorsed Senator Barack Obama at a rally that was held in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Wednesday night, May 14th. Officials announced the news shortly after Obama landed in Grand Rapids late Wednesday afternoon.

Barack Obama’s campaign is hoping that it will be a big step toward the party’s coalescing around Senator Obama as the Democratic nominee. The endorsement has ended many months of speculation about Mr. Edwards’s preference in the Democratic nominating contest, during most of which he generally stayed silent and remained close to home in Chapel Hill (NC).

In his endorsement, Mr. Edwards voiced a theme of a nation that is presently divided, torn into parts by walls. He then went on to say “The reason I am here tonight is that Democratic voters in America have made their choice and so have I.” Edwards concluded by declaring, “There is one man who knows in his heart that it is time to tear down that wall and make one America, Barack Obama.”

John Edwards’ Endorsement Speech

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Yes We Can: An Emotional Song for Change

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Obama Overwhelms Clinton in Wyoming, Winning by 23 Percent

Obama Overwhelms Clinton: Wins in Wyoming by 23 Percent

Barack Obama captured the Wyoming Democratic caucuses on Saturday, receiving 61 percent, or 5,378 votes, to Clinton’s 38 percent, or 3,312 votes, with all of Wyoming’s 23 counties reporting. Twelve delegates were at stake. Obama already has a lead in the overall race for nominating convention delegates.

Obama generally has outperformed Clinton in the caucuses, which tend to reward organization and voter passion more than do the primaries. Obama has now won 13 caucuses to Clinton’s three. Obama has shown a particular strength in the Mountain West, winning Idaho, Utah, Colorado and now Wyoming.

Obama Handily Wins Wyoming by a 23 Percent Margin

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US: We Are One

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I Just Want to Say: I’m Totally Gay for America

Totally Gay for America

In these critical times, when our country finds itself in ever-increasing dire straits and dark times, this is The American Song. Specifically, it’s The Love Song for Uncle Sam.

I’m Totally Gay for America

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Dolly Parton’s Joyful Anthem: Better Get to Livin’

Dolly Parton: Backwoods Dolly

Dolly Parton: Better Get to Livin

Dolly Parton’s Better Get to Livin

Dolly Parton’s forthcoming album might be called Backwoods Dolly, but one particularly uplifting single from the album, Better Get to Livin’, shows that the timeless entertainer is more wise philosopher than a painted, plastic country kewpie doll. She introduced this joyful anthem during an earlier prime-time appearance on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. At the heart of the track is Parton’s sweetly distinctive vocal, backed by the angelic voices of acclaimed gospel songbirds Sonya and Becky Isaacs. The well-crafted lyrics find Parton encouraging others to live life to the fullest. Brimming with Parton’s signature wit, wisdom and personality, it’s the musical equivalent of getting a much-needed boost from your favorite partner.

Dolly Parton: Better Get to Livin

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Photo of the Day: My Sleeping Parisian Beauty

Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge: Help Me Make It Through the Night

Photo of the Day: My Sleeping Parisian Beauty

Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge: Help Me Make It Through the Night

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