Ready for the next two-fer? This is the St. Stephen from the Stephen > Eleven combo from Piedmont Park in Atlanta, GA on July 7, 1969.
This Stephen is not the best they ever did or the best quality recording but I love it because it is raw, loud and even a bit distorted which fits the song perfectly.
Pictured in today’s post is the St. Stephen Cathedral in Vienna, Austria. My son Rob is there for a few weeks and visited the church and its catacombs where the walls are made out of human skulls and bones.
"Wishing well with a golden bell. Bucket hanging clear to hell. Hell half way twixt now and then, Stephen fill it up and lower down, and lower down again.”
For today’s Daily Dose of the Dead I revert back to my Sunday Sermon days. This is Samson & Delilah from the Beacon Theatre in NYC on June 15, 1976.
Samson is a traditional blues song first sung by Blind Willie Johnson before it was popularized by Davis. The song was also known as “If I Had My Way”.
Check out this Reverend Gary Davis performance of the original arrangement of the song.
I can’t leave today’s post without a shout-out to my kids on this father’s day. I am super lucky to have two amazing kids who have made my life so great. I lost my dad at 9 years old and swore I would dedicate my life to making my kids happy every day I shared with them and I hope I have fulfilled that goal. They have now both graduated college and both now live in NYC where I moved this year. What a dream to be able to see them still on a weekly basis at least. One of my favorite days of the year!
Enjoy your day with your father or the memories you have of shared of times together.
Hey it’s father’s day so of course I’m going to reblog my dad. As you can see in his post, my dad is a hero who dedicates his life to me and my sister.
On top of that, I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate my dad on very recently completing his goal of blogging about a live Grateful Dead performance of every single song recently. His blog is incredible and he definitely deserves to have surpassed me in terms of followers. Go check it out.
News - Female lead was planned, but canned as it would have doubled development efforts.
Feminist Frequency puts it well regarding the quotes in this linked piece: “Gaming can’t progress until devs stop thinking of women as additional “features” to a male centered game experience.”
My take? Look, people making this decision - prioritize however you see fit and make what you want to make. Tell whatever story you want using whatever characters you think best (I know I’m ready to play a game where you prioritized differently, though), but it is unacceptable to me that you’d try to pass off the responsibility and consequences of that prioritization or those choices.
You cannot excuse yourself from criticism by claiming that *not* including playable women characters “is a reality of game development.” As a game developer it offends me that someone would pin a close-minded decision like that on their lazily perceived conception of an entire cultural form’s reality. You especially cannot be this lazy when you readily claim to have “tons of resources,” “huge teams,” and “nine studios” working on the game. Not that I think production resources are ever a particularly compelling excuse for this decision because after all, adding women playable characters to a game is only “double” the character art work if you assume you’re starting from all dude characters to begin with.
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Today’s Daily Dose of the Dead is in honor of Bob Dylan’s birthday today. This is Tangled Up in Blue from the dylan/dead tour of 1987. This is from the show at JFK Stadium in Philly on July 10, 1987.
Dylan/Dead played this twice on this tour with the other being in Eugene.
Some nice harmonies supplied by Jerry and everyone knows this was one of Jerry’s favorite songs period and he played it often with JGB.
"Tangled Up in Blue" appeared on Dylan’s album Blood on the Tracks in 1975. Released as a single, it reached #31 on the Billboard Hot 100. Rolling Stone ranked it #68 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
For me personally this is the best lyrical song ever written and the music ain’t half bad!
The song has been described as, “The most dazzling lyric ever written, an abstract narrative of relationships told in an amorphous blend of first and third person, rolling past, present and future together, spilling out in tripping cadences and audacious internal rhymes, ripe with sharply turned images and observations and filled with a painfully desperate longing.”
Happy Birthday to Bob Dylan!
“She was working in topless place and I stopped in for a beer. I just kept looking at the side of her face in the spotlight so clear and later on when the crowd thinned out, I was just about to do the same. She was standing there in back of my chair, said to me Don’t I know your name? I muttered something underneath my breath, she studied the lines on my face. I must admit I felt a little uneasy when she bent down to tie the laces of my shoe.”
Tangled Up In Blue is one of my favorite Dylan tunes. I still remember the few times my band in high school played it with great fondness. I’m not sure we covered it as well as The Dead, though.
"So now I’m going back again
I got to get her somehow
All the people we used to know
They’re an illusion to me now
Some are mathematicians
Some are carpenter’s wives
Don’t know how it all got started
I don’t what they’re doing with their lives
But me I’m still on the road
Heading for another joint
We always did feel the same
We just saw it from a different point of view
Tangled up in Blue.”
The difficulty is one of diffusion of responsibility. Decisions are made by a multiplicity of individuals in a large organization. Ultimate liability is to a multiplicity of owners, stockholders who are unknown and unknowable. The sheer organizational process seems to be inhospitable to the softer sentiments that we appreciate so much in individuals or small organizations.
There is no sense in expecting a large organization - the organization itself, as distinct from the people within it- to have the corporate self-respect that we hope for in a person. An organizations is not a person, and it will have neither the same strengths nor the same weaknesses. But maybe we could expect people in organizations to continue to be people, even though they are executives of large firms. Maybe the guidelines for executives who want advice on what their social responsibilities are or ought to be might as a rough approximation be just to be themselves. The standard to which they hold the organization is the standard they would set for themselves if they were in it alone.