First Post

January 18, 2009

I heard about Blogging a few years back, a friend told me that a blog is a place for you in the web.  It sounded like a place where u can stand and tell whatever u want to tell to whomever u want to tell. I straight away made an account on Blogger, thought I will start tomorrow, after all we all have something to tell.  Ah! but tomorrow never came, it didn’t come for atleast  a few years and might not come for many more. So I am writing it today, my first post  due on me for a long time, but not anymore.

There are hell lot things to tell, the events of today, of yesterday and of days I cannot date. But there is something else I want to talk about, its a song, its not popular, infact very few people might have listened it. It is ‘Every Grain of Sand’ written by Bob Dylan, I just like it.

It was released in 1981, with a bunch of other songs, on the album, which was amusingly named ‘Shot of love’. Well the album isn’t that great, and in fact it got beatings from critics and even listeners failed the poet or perhaps the poet failed them.  But this song stands out as one of the best of Dylan, mind you the list is long.

A contemplative  piano sonata, it starts with the marvelous couplet-”In the time of my confession, in the hour of my deepest need when the pool of tears beneath my feet flood every new born seed” and what follows is all quotable, its an epitome of poetry, a flawless creation.

Like most of the Dylan’s songs its true essence is difficult to grasp. It sounds likes a religious song though there is no reference to god or religion. It’s not a praise of almighty neither it’s a sermon, rather it’s a description of  the voyage of a atheist turned to theist and his understanding of path he had walked and the choices he had made, where in the end he realizes that path was already numberd and the choices were already made. All this is beautifully captured in “Then onward in my journey I come to understand That every hair is numbered like every grain of sand” and many other couplets that followed.

To summarize, all I can say is, its a confession so beautifully written that it will guarantee pardon to convict. My rating 5/5, Listen and enjoy!