Beyond the Horizon

Beyond The Horizon

 

WRITTEN BY: BOB DYLAN

 

Beyond the horizon, behind the sun
At the end of the rainbow life has only begun
In the long hours of twilight ‘neath the stardust above
Beyond the horizon it is easy to love

 

My wretched heart’s pounding
I felt an angel’s kiss
My memories are drowning
In mortal bliss

 

Beyond the horizon, in the Springtime or Fall
Love waits forever for one and for all

 

Beyond the horizon across the divide
‘Round about midnight, we’ll be on the same side
Down in the valley the water runs cold
Beyond the horizon someone prayed for your soul

 

I’m touched with desire
What don’t I do?
I’ll throw the logs on the fire
I’ll build my world around you

 

Beyond the horizon, at the end of the game
Every step that you take, I’m walking the same

 

Beyond the horizon the night winds blow
The theme of a melody from many moons ago
The bells of St. Mary, how sweetly they chime
Beyond the horizon I found you just in time

 

It’s dark and it’s dreary
I ponder in vain
I’m weakened, I’m weary
My repentance is plain

 

Beyond the horizon o’er the treacherous sea
I still can’t believe that you’ve set aside your love for me

 

Beyond the horizon, ‘neath crimson skies
In the soft light of morning I’ll follow you with my eyes
Through countries and kingdoms and temples of stone
Beyond the horizon right down to the bone

 

It’s late in the season
Never knew, never cared
Whatever the reason
Someone’s life has been spared

 

Beyond the horizon the sky is so blue
I’ve got more than a lifetime to live lovin’ you

 

Copyright © 2006 by Special Rider Music

The World according to Dina

Siri and Selma recently read in Amy Sackville’s quietly written novel “Orkney“:
Siri und Selma lasen letztlich in Amy Sackvilles ruhigem Roman “Orkney”:

looking out to the North nothing but the birds scattered, crashing ocean, and beyond to where it meets the sky, a line called the hilder, they say in these parts; a line sometimes luminous, sometimes obscure.

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As brave Bookfayries they immediately got the idea to find out what might be to be found behind the horizon. A bold task. For centuries there was this conception shared by old and young mariners that behind the horizon , behind the line where the sky rest on the sea, you fall into a horrible abyss. So we strictly forbade our beloved Bookfayries to sail behind the horizon under the menace of getting no pocket money any more.

Als kühne Buchfeen…

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Enredado En La Tristeza (Tangled Up In Blue)

Es el momento de retomar la idea que tuve la semana pasada (La Cocina Bien Aseada), y hablar de ese video de Dylan que mi amigo Laurent publicó en Facebook entonces. Se trataba de un vídeo oficial con material de archivo tomado de la ya clásica película de culto, “Renaldo y Clara”. La película, dirigida por Bob Dylan, se rodó en 1975 durante la gira por EE.UU. con su Rolling Thunder Revue. Se realizó al estilo “cinema verité” siguiendo la técnica de rodaje de D. A. Pennabaker para documentales basada en la teoría del Cine-Ojo de Dziga Vertov. El vídeo muestra el rostro de Dylan en primerísimo plano captado por una cámara estática.

Mi amigo introducía su publicación de esta manera: “Simplemente mirad su cara”.

Yo ya lo había visto. De hecho, lo tengo en mi colección, ya que fue incorporado al DVD incluído en la Edición Limitada del Bootleg Series Vol. 5 – Bob Dylan Live 1975 (2002)

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Nunca había pensado en ello desde un punto de vista técnico, sin embargo. Pero esta vez, por alguna razón, empecé a verlo desde una perspectiva profesional, como lo haría un director de cine.

Pensé que no solo era una asombrosa versión en directo, sino que el rodaje de su actuación en tan primerísimo plano era excelente. Laurent me decía que, para ser sincero, él creía que ahí estaba la esencia misma de “His Bobness (su Majestad Bob)” ¡Jajaja! Bueno, es cierto, el plano realmente captura la esencia misma del arte interpretativo de Dylan, pero, como yo le dije, alguien tuvo que poner las luces en los lugares adecuados, emplazar la cámara en el lugar correcto… y probablemente otra persona se encargaría de la filmación de la excepcional toma con el ángulo correcto, el objetivo apropiado y la apertura del diafragma exacta. Y lo que es más, debió de ser capturada con un teleobjetivo, lo que implica que era fácil irse fuera de foco cuando el intérprete movía la cabeza, por lo que es probable que el operador de cámara tuviese que hacer un gran esfuerzo para mantener la imagen enfocada todo el tiempo. Por supuesto, el realizador fue el propio Dylan, pero supuse que debió de tener a alguien muy experto a su lado que le asesorase.

Siguiendo las indicaciones de mi amigo Laurent busqué en Google a un tal Howard Alk, editor y camarógrafo, para descubrir que era un antiguo amigo y colaborador de Dylan, responsable de la filmación y la fotografía de “Renaldo and Clara“. También trabajaron juntos en la edición de la película. Parece que, aunque sin acreditar, colaboró incluso como operador de cámara en “Dont Look Back” de Pennabaker y ayudó a Dylan en las tareas de edición de “Eat The Document“.

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Así que, respecto a las secuencias de vídeo de este “Tangled Up In Blue”, hay que concluir que Howark Alk fue brillante; alguien con habilidades sorprendentes como director de cine y como director de fotografía. Sin duda fue también un gran iluminador y operador de cámara. Esos trabajos podrían haber sido realizados por dos técnicos diferentes del equipo de cámara, pero en este caso parece que fue todo obra de Alk. Por desgracia, murió pronto, a los 52 años, en enero de 1982. Poco antes había filmado varios conciertos de la gira de Bob Dylan de 1981. Descanse en paz.

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Tangled Up In Blue

It’s time to take up the idea I had a week ago (Clean Cut Kitchen), and talk about that Dylan video my friend Laurent posted on Facebook back then. It was an official video using footage taken from the cult classic movie “Renaldo and Clara.” The film, directed by Bob Dylan, was shot in 1975 while touring the USA with his Rolling Thunder Revue. It was made in the “cinema verité” style following D.A. Pennabaker documentary shooting techniques based on Dziga Vertov‘s Kino-Eye theory. The video shows Dylan’s face in a close up taken by a static camera.

My friend introduced his post like this: “Just look at his face.”

I had already seen it. In fact, I have it in my collection as it was released on the DVD included on the Limited Edition of the Bootleg Series Vol. 5 – Bob Dylan Live 1975 (2002.)

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Never thought of it from a technical point of view, though. This time, however, for some reason, I started watching it as a filmmaker, from a professional perspective.

I just thought it was not only an astonishing live version, but the filming of his performance in such a close up was superb. Laurent said to me that, to be true, this was the essence of his Bobness. Hahaha! Well, it is true, it really captured the essence of Dylan’s performing art but, as I said, someone put the lights on the right places, set the camera up in the right location… and someone else took the exceptional shoot with the right angle, the suitable objective and the accurate diaphragm aperture. What is more, it had to be taken with a teleobjective, which implied it was easy to run out of focus when the performer moved his head, so the cameraman was probably concerned to keep the image focused all the way through. Of course, the filmmaker was Dylan himself, but I guessed he must have had someone very good an expert to advice him.

Following my friend Laurent indications I googled Howard Alk, editor and cameraman, to find out he was a long time friend and collaborator of Bob Dylan, who was responsible for the filming and photography of “Renaldo and Clara.” They also worked together on the movie edition. Looks like, though uncredited, he was also a collaborator in Pennabaker’s “Don’t Look Back” and helped  Dylan out with the  editing task on “Eat The Document.”

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A frame from “Eat The Document” documentary movie

So, regarding this Tangled Up In Blue video footage, we must conclude Howark Alk was brilliant; someone with amazing skills as a film maker, as cinematographer. No doubt he was also a great light operator and cameraman. Those jobs might have been made by two different fellow technicians of the camera team, but in this case it seems like it was all Alk’s work. Sadly, he died too soon, at 52, in January 1982. He had just filmed a few concerts of Bob Dylan’s 1981 tour. May he Rest In Peace.

The Hypnotist Collector

 

The Blogger Recognition Award

September 9, 2016

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I’m so excited! First of all I want to thank Sascha Darlington for honoring me with such award. For me it is my first award ever, and I feel so happy that someone thought of me for the recognition that I will always be grateful to her, because it makes me aware of how relevant our readers and followers are, as she mentioned quoting her nominator, Michael J. Fite.

Same as herself, I am also surprised and moved of how great this community is, accepting and supporting each other. I completely agree with her words, “It’s like some of the best people have convened to share their talents with other appreciative people and not just their talents, but their comments and their time.” So true… and just wonderful!.

And, the same way she did, apart from Sascha, I also want to thank you everybody. Blogging it’s becoming a fascinating experience for me and it is all because of you: I couldn’t make it without you. Cheers!

What Are The Rules For The Blogger Recognition Award?

For all the nominees, here are the rules if you choose to accept:

  1. Write a post to show your award
  2. Give a brief story of how your blog started
  3. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  4. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog
  5. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.

How Did I Start Blogging?

Simply, I always wanted to share my interest about music and my collector’s obsession with someone else. In fact, with as many people as possible. I became co-founder of a p2p site called Hungercity, where I could satisfy such inclination. But since the site is now defuncted I was missing the contact with other people I could share my interests, including not only music, but movies, reading, poetry… and when somebody told me about the blogging expèrience, I didn’t doubt it for a second. Since then, I have learned a lot more than I ever thought I would and been inspired and supported by many of you. So, thanks to you, this is an ongoing passion.

Advice To New Bloggers

  1. Interact with your followers. If someone “likes” your post, try to reciprocate. Yes, I realize that it’s not always possible to do it immediately. But try to find as much time as you can for that and  make comments as often as you can.
  2. Pay attention to format and readability. (I know that this is a bit dryer than the previous advice I gave, but you will realize it’s nonetheless essential.) Break up huge paragraphs (this is a very important question to care about.) WordPress provides you with a nifty little “proofread writing” tool. It’s shown in this image:

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It’s that highlighted box with the ABC and check mark. If you click on that before publishing, there’s a good chance you won’t publish anything misspelled. Unfortunately, as you may verify yourselves, it doesn’t add the words that you forget if you type too fast. And it doesn’t correct crazy wording, for which Sascha, from whom I borrowed these advices  (Thanks again, Sascha!,) can also attest.😉

Blogs I Nominate

Please accept this award, but know that you don’t have to. However, I appreciate all the kindness and support that you’ve shown to me. Many thanks.

  1. M.C. Tuggle, Writer
  2. MySestina
  3. Eyes + Words
  4. UniqueLoveHarmoney
  5. Writemebad
  6. Theherdlesswitch
  7. Johncoyote
  8. Simple Ula
  9. Sudden Denouement
  10. Rough & Ready Fiction
  11. Mandibelle16
  12. Theprancingponyblog
  13. Look Around!
  14. CollTales
  15. Lizalizaskysaregrey

Love Is Not All

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The Awakening of Adonis – John William Waterhouse (1899)

Tonight I feel tired and it’s time for me to leave, heading for bed… I really need to hit my pillow. But as I feel a bit nostalgic and reading other bloggers’ poems and writings inspired me making me have some longing feelings, I just wanted to leave this impressive poem tonight, before I go:

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Love Is Not All

Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain;
Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink
And rise and sink and rise and sink again;
Love can not fill the thickened lung with breath,
Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone;
Yet many a man is making friends with death
Even as I speak, for lack of love alone.
It well may be that in a difficult hour,
Pinned down by pain and moaning for release,
Or nagged by want past resolution’s power,
I might be driven to sell your love for peace,
Or trade the memory of this night for food.
It well may be. I do not think I would.

Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Form: Sonnet
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International Reading Year!

Sounds like an excellent idea!

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There is nothing official about this, but at this blog, I am declaring that this whole year from September 6, 2016 to September 6, 2017 is International Reading Year! Care to join me and spread the word?

If you like this idea, please tell as many people as you can.

And thank you to various people in the blogging world for suggesting continuing National Read A Book day!

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La Cocina Bien Aseada

Estaba a punto de escribir un breve artículo sobre un vídeo de Bob Dylan que subió un amigo recientemente, pero luego me di cuenta de que no había limpiado mi cocina en profundidad desde hacía ya tiempo, ni siquiera la había ordenado convenientemente. Es por eso que pensé: “Es domingo, una buena ocasión para hacer un poco de limpieza en casa”, y sentí que debía comenzar con mis tareas de limpieza y dejar el artículo relacionado con las secuencias de vídeo para otro momento mas apropiado. Dylan puede esperar ;).

Así que dediqué algún tiempo a hacer lo que pensaba que debía hacer y era necesario, y finalmente terminé mi labor en la cocina. Me siento orgulloso al ver ahora el resultado de mi trabajo y por alguna razón pienso que sería una buena idea compartir aquí mi cocina bien aseada, tal como se ve ahora. Eso es lo que estoy haciendo, así al menos algunos de vosotros entenderéis mi buen humor de esta tarde 😂😂😂.

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Así es como brilla ahora mismo el piso de la cocina en una tarde semi-nublada. La siguiente imagen os mostrará el aspecto que tiene toda ella después del zafarrancho 😜 …

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Algunos de vosotros pensareis, “¿Qué nos importa a nosotros, realmente?” y “¿Por qué razón le interesa a él, al Coleccionista Hipnótico, mostrar estas imágenes de tan escasa calidad y baja resolución?” La razón es, simplemente, que me encanta ese impresionante blues de Robert Johnson, “Come On In My Kitchen”

Y mirando a mi  sucia y desordenada cocina, me acuerdo de la letra … “you better come on in my kitchen, ’cause it’s goin’ to be rainin’ outdoor (será mejor que entres en mi cocina, porque parece que va a llover ahí fuera.)”

El  Coleccionista Hipnótico