#1066: bob dylan, van dyke parks & ry cooder - do re mi (woody guthrie) (2009)
today i discovered that my hero ry cooder, who plays guitar like ed ruscha paints gas stations, julia child roasts chicken, jackie robinson catches flyballs and agnes martin draws lines — beautifully — just joined twitter. what has he written about so far? a hand-painted sign on a truck, los angeles drag racing in the 1950s, ufos, singers, mexican pointy boots, a drink called rye cooder, flaco jimenez, trees and the late beto quintanilla, of course. i’m grateful that i can read him on a website, just like i’m grateful that i can listen to the beautiful, ancient, clear, loving music he’s made about true love, hard times and bad men, often played while wearing really bad hawaiian shirts. i love his weird, wobbly voice, but most of all i love him playing with other people, like ali farka toure, or randy newman, and, above, playing woody guthrie’s best song about california with two other american heroes, bob dylan and van dyke parks. you’ll find mr. dyke parks on twitter, too, writing about birds, forgiveness, allen toussaint, and decent people.