Bob Dylan from Minnesota was influenced by a Welsh poet and even took his
name.Leonard Cohen, a Canadian, was
influenced by a Spanish Poet Fedrico Lorca and that may account for some of the Spanish
darkness in his songs ; also the darkness of his Jewish history.I found the
poem in Lorca’s The Poet in New York
that influenced Cohen’s This Waltz.
brother Richard Reineke, played Spanish guitar and loved both of these singers who wrote their own songs.I do also.Why?Maybe it’s their darkness or their use of words. I can hear Minnesota inflections in Bob Dylan's lyrics. My brother and I grew up hearing Minnesota ways of speaking from our parents. Music and poetry are international and particular.
The sun is blazing down now like a molten gold dubloon.The lake is calm and wears gold pounded thin
as tissue—like to gold embedded in blue Venetian glass tiles—the same
remarkable blue.What luxury to look out
upon the golden lake and to see the rose gold sun and a smudge of Paynes gray
along the horizon.The sun hangs above
the pier like a toy balloon slowly losing helium—sinking lower—lower then slips