|Bob Dylan at the 2011 Byron Bay Bluesfest.|
”But Dylan’s Not Dead” ”Oh...Isn’t He?”
about seeing Bob Dylan play at the Byron Bay Bluesfest this year,
and all of the weird synchronicities that followed within the next day, or two.
Well, last Friday was the start of some more "coincidences" involving Bob and Byron.
|The Dylan CD I took to play on the drive to Byron.|
Since I was traveling alone, I could please myself as to what I was going to play all the way to Byron Bay.
And I already knew what that was going to be, my favourite road-tripping CD...my Willie Nelson CD, with such favs as
On the Road Again and Blue Skies.
Only one problem was that I was starting to run late for making it to Byron for the first talk I wanted to hear, and I couldn't find my Willie if my life depended on it;- )
So I thought what's my next choice?
And since I was already holding Bob Dylan's The Essential Bob Dylan in my hand after pulling it out while looking for Willie, I thought why not ?
After all he was the reason I went down to Bluesfest this year, and I've only played disc 1 a few times since I bought it last month and it will give me a chance to play to all the way through, a few times over.
So I popped disc 1 in and played it over and over on the way down, because all my favourite Dylan songs are on that disc and I couldn't really flip the CD out and put disc two in safely while driving on a curvy freeway at 110 km/ph .
As I approached the Byron turnoff though, the traffic had ground to a halt, and so I put in disc 2 and left it in until I got back to Brisbane the next night.
Gillian Armstrong (centre) and Paul Cox
It was like a massive game of musical chairs, so I grabbed the first one I could find and sat down, thankful to have a seat.
When I had settled in and had taken my phone out of my backpack, I looked up and saw a familiar face...Steve Bisley. the actor from the Mad Max movies (not that I had ever met him before. I just recognized him from the movie).
|Steve Bisley and Mel Gibson in Mad Max...or The Road Warrior, whatever.|
|What was the name of one of the producers? BYRON Kennedy!?|
So, I snapped a sneaky picture of him with my phone camera .
He's looking across at a fan who was taking to him about Bob Dylan and how she saw him in Sydney, but didn't get to see him up here in Byron Bay.
She was telling him how Dylan had the screens turned off on the sides of the stage and that if you weren't in a good position up front you couldn't see him, or so she was told, she said.
I thought here's a que if I ever heard one, so I lent across and showed them all the picture, which you see up the top of the post, with the side screens turned off at the sides of the stage.
They then asked what he was like ,so I showed them the 50 second video I had recorded of him on my phone as well, which I had still on my phone.
We had a pretty good ol' chat among ourselves, reminiscing about the 70's music scene and the kind lady in front of me asked for my address so she could send me a burned copy of one of Dylan's early albums...never got it though.
|An Egyptian flying disc, orb, or trick of the sun???|
I was listening to the Byron Bay radio station, but as I hit the border the signal wasn't so good, so I tried to press the the radio buttons, but hit the CD play button.
Then advanced the CD about four songs along accidentally into some songs I would normally skip, as they tend to put me to sleep.
The song I had accidentally advanced the CD to was Not Dark Yet.
I was going to turn it off and put a Gold Coast radio station on, but I heard the lyrics, "It's getting dark,but it's not dark yet".
And since it was getting dark, but it was not dark yet, I thought I'd leave it run.
It was followed by Things Have Changed, and I thought to myself, "yes they have".
I could certainly feel it after this magical two day break ;- )