My Music Listening Journal 2021: Day 51: Saturday February 20, 2021.

A profile of Dylan smiling, wearing a hat, coat, and scarves
  • BOB DYLAN: DESIRE: 1976: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: FOLK ROCK: I haven’t listened to much Dylan of late- Desire – Dylan’s follow up to one of his greatest albums- Blood On The Tracks- a popular and successful album in itself. The only dud here to me is ‘Joey’- where Dylan makes gangster Joey Gallo a hero. Mount Rushmore- ‘Hurricane’, ‘Sara’, ‘Black Diamond Bay’, and ‘Mozambique.” Scarlett Rivera’s violin a highlight on this album.
A black-and-white photo of Dylan seated in a recording studio holding a guitar
  • BOB DYLAN: TIME OUT OF MIND: 1997: 5 STARS OUT OF 4 STARS: IPOD: COUNTRY BLUES: Maybe Dylan’s biggest comeback- started with this album. Closing in a decade without an album of Dylan written material- Time Out Of Mind started the big return to artistic success that continues to this day. Mount Rushmore- ‘Love Sick’, “Tryin’ To Get To Heaven’, ‘Not Dark Yet’ and ‘Highlands.’


  1. While it’s perhaps the obvious tune to call out from ‘Desire’, ‘Hurricane’ remains one of my favorite Dylan tunes, both musically and lyrically – great cinematic story-telling!

    Of course, it wouldn’t be Dylan if there wouldn’t be some weirdness around the tune. 🙂

    While Dylan famously visited Carter in prison and raised money for him, he didn’t take up his case again after Carter was retried, convicted and incarcerated for the second time. Not only that – he never performed the tune after the end of his Rolling Thunder Revue tour in 1976. Dylan also never met Carter again after he was finally released for good.

    In addition to Dylan simply being Dylan, part of his behavior may be explained over legal concerns. In 1976, Patty Valentine (who called the cops) sued Dylan for defamation, claiming emotional distress over having been mentioned by name in the song and characterized as a liar.

  2. Desire is a great one for all of the reasons you mention. This is one they talk a lot about in the Rolling Thunder doc, where Jacques Levy was called in to write many/most of the tunes. It also talks about how Scarlett was discovered walking down the street one day. What a fortuitous intersection for both. I love all of the songs on it, including Joey. The album cover photo is one of my favorites of Dear Zimmy.

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