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Visions Of Johanna

Ain't it just like the night to play tricks when you're tryin' to be so quiet?
We sit here stranded, though we're all doin' our best to deny it
And Louise holds a handful of rain, temptin' you to defy it

Lights flicker from the opposite loft
In this room the heat pipes just cough
The country music station plays soft
But there's nothing, really nothing to turn off


Just Louise and her lover so entwined
And these visions of Johanna that conquer my mind

 

ORIGINAL: $200
11x15" Prismacolor Marker and Micron Pen on Watercolor paper.

PRINTS
Archival ink on acid free paper
11x14" print: $40
8x10" print: $30
5x7" print: $20

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Synopsis by the artist

I went with a face value cluster of lines. But then, at the last minute, added one small detail to nod at what I think the song might actually be about.

Lets back up. This song was written right after Bob's infamous switch to the electric guitar and full band. To folks my age and younger, this sounds like non-news. But at the time, Folk music was a cultural heritage kept in a separate box from the dirty dangerous Rock n Roll. The stunt pissed people off. Imagine if Beyonce came out on stage at Coachella and without prior warning started grunting and head banging with a Death Metal band behind her.

Bob was a legit Folk singer when he started. But you have to understand that the Beatles and Stones were not just random bands. The Brits changed America overnight. If I were a Bob, I don't know that I could have resisted it. As a musician myself, I would go from Dixie Jazz to hard Funk to Bluegrass, to EDM sometimes within the same song. I wouldn't have it any other way. But it's not 1965. I'm allowed.

The fallout for his stunt was burnt records and disownment on one side, and a new pop fan base on the other. It would seem that he resented having to choose between the two. Why not both? In their defense, it was at the Newport FOLK festival that he pulled his shenanigans. But for the people at home who were upset at the new flavor on his albums, all I can say is, let me play you a sad song on this tiny Fender Tele.

Moving back to this song... At first glance, it's about being with one woman while thinking about another. Perhaps that's all it's about. But I can't help thinking that the "opposite loft" is England.

-Dave