Bob Dylan has been called one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. In 2008 he was awarded a special certificate by the Pulitzer Prize jury for his “profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” “Blowin’ In The Wind” was released in 1963 on Bob’s “Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” album. He says it took him about 10 minutes to write this song. “Billboard” magazine puts it at #14 on its “Top 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time” list.
I chose this video today because the nuclear events in Japan have been much on my mind lately so a really good protest song seemed in order. This song has nothing to do with nuclear power of course, it’s just a really good protest song.
NOTE: I have no internal compass so I choose cardinal directions at random to describe the geographical features around me. The mental map I’m creating for you is wildly, hilariously inaccurate. Consult a competent GPS if you are planning to visit.
If I stand on my front porch and look to the… oh let’s say north for the sake of argument, I can see the giant twin plumes of steam coming from our local nuclear plant. As it happens, even though we are in the Midwest, we actually are on an active fault line. We have had a few quakes around here over the years. The experts tell us that there’s no way our tiny fault could produce a quake the size of the one that hit Japan. Of course, these are the same experts who say the fact that our water supply slightly exceeds safe levels of radiation is merely a coincidence and that we have nothing to worry about. To be fair, it is the Midwest so tornadoes are really our natural disaster of choice. They tell us, though, that there’s no way a tornado could take out our power plant! It could knock out the cooling system but we’re not supposed to worry about that because we have a diesel powered backup cooling system. As long as the roads are still passable and gas pumps still work, which of course they definitely would after a major tornado, we should be able to get fuel to that generator and keep things nice and frosty! I am feeling totally secure over here! Why do I suddenly regret having all the lead paint removed from the place? Anyone out there got a plutonium resistant pull out sofa they can spare for us?