Normally, today would be April Fool’s Day but this year, I don’t think anyone’s in the mood for any of that. To quote today’s music video of the day, things have changed.
Bob Dylan wrote this song for a really good movie called Wonder Boys. (The movie’s good and the Michael Chabon novel that it’s based on is even better.) Dylan went on to win an Oscar for this song and I can still remember the night that he performed it at the Oscars. On the night of the ceremony, he was in Australia so both his performance of the song and his acceptance speech was live streamed into the Shrine Auditorium. The entire performance was a close-up of Dylan, without any camera movements or cuts to the audience. It was eerie but effective and appropriate because Bob Dylan is an artist who has always tried to control his own image.
This video was directed by the late Curtis Hanson, who also directed Wonder Boys.