Month: February 2017

Ring them bells for all of us who are left

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

February 28, 1989

3992197_165Bob Dylan records the first sessions for the Oh Mercy album at The Studio, New Orleans, Louisiana. It is Dylan’s 26th studio album, released by Columbia Records in September 1989 and produced by Daniel Lanois. Track #4 is Ring Them Bells.


I don’t do sketches from memory

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

February 25, 1998

518vgi64slAt the 40th Annual Grammy Awards, Bob Dylan’s 30th studio album Time Out of Mind wins in the categories of Album of the Year, Best Contemporary Folk Album and, for Cold Irons Bound, Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. At the awards ceremony Dylan performs the song Love Sick. During the performance, Michael Portnoy, an American multimedia artist and choreographer, rips off his shirt, runs up next to Dylan, and starts dancing and contorting with the words “Soy Bomb” painted in black across his chest. Dylan shoots an alarmed glance at Portnoy, but carries on playing. Portnoy continues to dance for about 40 seconds, until security escorts him off stage. Time Out of Mind also includes Highlands, which takes its central motif from a 1790 poem by Robert Burns, My Heart’s in the Highlands.

Surviving Divorce

by Steve Kline

February 23, 2017


Some days I had to imagine I was a climber

on some dangerous height in an icy storm and if

all I got done that day was to inch one hand upward

to the next solid handhold, grip it tight, and

prepare to pull myself up — whenever —

then, well,

that would be something. And I had to give myself

honor and praise for finding a way

to move one hand a few inches

in one day.

♥                     ♥                    ♥

You learn to sift the pain, and

seeing a thing bright with promise and hope

and you cling to it and thus

your life goes on.

One day

the imaginary climber

reaches a real mountain top

where sunlight washes him clean

and the bright sky rolls out

like some newly freed soul, lean

and hungry for the harvest.

Copyright © 2017 Stephen T. Kline

How could they know?

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

February 23, 2017

davidDavid Bowie’s Rebel Rebel enters the U.K. charts, where it will peak at #5 within a month. Originally written for an aborted Ziggy Stardust musical in late 1973, Rebel Rebel is Bowie’s last single in the glam rock style that has been his trademark. It is also his first hit since 1969 not to feature lead guitarist Mick Ronson; Bowie himself plays guitar on this track.