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Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Bob Dylan's 'Forever Young': An Unintended Eulogy to Murder in Parkland

Damn well said Ed...not a word I can add that would add anything of value...I always loved that song...it's one of the few Dylan songs I used to play live...not that Bob doesn't have lots you can play, but so many people do his stuff...my favorite version is Jimmy LaFave...

https://youtu.be/9LKUdgwYKO8

Thanks for sharing that version Jim. Hadn’t heard it. 

Thanks for this, Ed. It brought tears to my eyes and put a lump in my throat. It's a courageous statement turning a song into an anthem. - Ted

I shed a few tears pulling it all together, reading endless news reports until I found a story to weave. But it’s the kids who are raising their voices all over the country and actually moving the needle that I’m so inspired by. Do I think we’ll solve this and stop it from happening again? Sadly, not in my lifetime. But that day will come. It has to. 

Thanks so very much, Ed !  Thanks for adding your voice!

The Parkland shootings was a horrible tragedy. No one would doubt that, nor would they doubt that Forever Young was not only a good song, but appropriate to recall in this instance. Blaming the tragedy on guns, though, is like blaming car deaths on cars. When the maniac drove his car into the rioting crowd in Charlottesville last fall, I didn't hear anyone calling for restricting sales of Chryslers or boycotting Chrysler owners. Doing so would have made as much sense as restricting gun ownership or boycotting the NRA. The kid doing the shooting wasn't a member of the NRA. The citizen who came to the resuce of the church goers in Sutherland Springs, Texas late last year WAS a member of the NRA. Just sayin'. There are different perspectives, none of which have much to do with music.