Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Birthday Boy

It's a brave man who accuses Bill Blunt of being worried about the advancing years. A distinguished journalist of my stature didn't become distinguished without the odd grey hair or two emerging.

The eve of one's birthday is always a time of anticipation. Never more so than if you're a Libran who happens to be a Bob Dylan fan. For more years than I can recall - and that's a worry in itself - His Bobness has chosen to release his latest album on or around my birthday. That's nice of him, and it's made for an easy response whenever my nearest and dearest have asked me what I'd like as a present.

This year, however, anticipation has turned to trepidation.

Bob's 47th album is due out next week (Tuesday 13 October, to be precise).I'm usually happy to wait a bit for the pleasure of listening to some fresh Dylan. But this time, I'm feeling more than a little anxious. Christmas in The Heart could go either way. The prospect of Bob crooning “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Little Drummer Boy” and “Must Be Santa" is perhaps just a little unnerving. I'm worried that it might add another grey hair or two to my (already) silvery head. At least the proceeds will be going to a worthwhile cause.

Anyone who's listened to Bob's rendition of "This Old Man" will know what I mean about grey hairs, however. Pedestrian isn't the word...



4 comments:

Gail said...

It's a shame when they sell out, Bill. My idol David Bowie released "Little drummer boy" some years ago in a strange duet with Bing Crosby and I doubt if that was the last of his Christmas aspirations. Wishing you all the best for your birthday!

Bill Blunt said...

Thanks, Gail! Older and (one hopes) a little wiser...

fracas said...

Bill... where have you been? A birthday is no reason to hide out for so long. You can't possibly be older (or grayer) than me. ;-)

70steen said...

Happy Birthday Bob oh & a belated Happy Birthday to you too Bill ;-)