When real life turns the deck to love songs

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Genuine autographed photo of Bob Dylan circa 1960 – Well eBay said it was genuine. Photo: Sally Hopman.

If music is the food of love, I am well and truly satisfied.

I loved the way the music took you through the songs. Music you liked best because of the appearance of the lead guitarist. Or when the drummer winked at you as you tried to crush the people crushing you trying to get past the ANU Bar/AIS Arena/Coogee Bay Hotel/Rooty’s RSL Stage Hill.

Or the time we went to see Eric Clapton at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Yes, we were in the nosebleed section but I swear he smiled at me, just me.

Now he’s a guy who knows all the tricks. Well it’s been tagged all over London that clapton is god so it must be true. What a life he has led, and continues to lead, although perhaps less as he is about 80 now and his children have children, although his wife is only about a third of his age.


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Clapton is a notable guitarist, singer, and songwriter, but he will likely also be known for taking George Harrison’s wife and not giving her back.

to listen beautiful tonightWhere Layla, both would have written about Patti Boyd (Harrison) – “I tried to comfort you when your old man let you down, you upset my whole world. Like a fool I fell in love with you”. Now tell him. And him.

While other Clapton classics like old love will break your heart or remind you when yours was last, Have you ever loved a woman will break all your remaining pieces.

“Have you ever loved a woman so much that you trembled with pain, and all the time you knew she was named after another man.” Sigh.

Clapton is a master at making music loved, but Bob Dylan is the maestro.

Although I only decided he should have been my other half when he was halfway through his career, and I should have known better, he was. You know the cliché, it puts words on what I wanted to say. Well, maybe not always.

Unplugged disc cover

One of Eric Clapton’s most successful records, Unplugged, released in 1992. Photo: Sally Hopman.

Plus, he had the slight problem of writing songs like Sarahto his wife, the mother of his children, the only woman he would ever love, his other half – and she’s going to file for divorce.

And to top it off, in Sara, he wrote about how he stayed up all night at the Chelsea Hotel writing Lowland Sad Eyed Lady for her. All 11 minutes 21 seconds of what I like to think is a love song. Though with a chorus of “Sad-eyed lady from the lowlands, where the sad-eyed prophet says no one comes, my warehouse yes, my Arab drums, should I put them by your door or sad-eyed lady should I wait?”, a translator would have been helpful.

But that’s what Dylan did. He wrote lyrics that made no sense so fans, who rummaged through his trash cans looking for remnants of his genius, would have something to say deeply and meaningfully at their dinner parties Dylan or whatever. that they did.


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My favorite was James Taylor. This big brooding guy who always told us we had a friend, no matter the weather, even if it was mostly fire and rain.

It seems JT wrote so well about love because he was in the company of such great women as Carly Simon, Carole King, and Joni Mitchell.

From Joni in River: “You loved me so much that you made me weak at the knees”.

I don’t know what he wrote to Carole because their relationship seemed more platonic than passionate – You have a friend – but for Carly, not so loving – and it apparently had nothing to do with claims that James was vain. It seems they haven’t spoken since their divorce either.

Joni has also inspired others to write from the heart, including her partner Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, in Our house.

“Watching the fire, for hours and hours, while I listen to you play your love songs all night long for me, just for me.”

Don’t you just want to move into their house? Or at least the house they shared when they were still married.

Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever – except your old LPs. They just keep going around in circles.

Original article published by Sally Hopman on Riotact.


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