Brenda and her husband, Jimmy, drove me and Mom around in their SUV. One of the first buildings we passed going in was used for a temporary morgue, though the bodies have since been moved. By now, some of the trees and destroyed cars had been removed, but by no means all. Jimmy went out to this area with his chainsaw shortly after the tornado, along with a lot of others, to help clear the roads. They're passable now, and I'm told that the scene looked much worse when fallen trees were everywhere.
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Always reinventing himself, the amazingly prolific Dylan has created a vast body of work. And oh, the song writing and composing -- what a treasure! There are some who never liked his voice, but I always did, rough or high, until a few years ago. To quote Don McLean in his song "American Pie," it's a voice "that came from you and me." Never technically perfect, it's always been full of passion, ideal for folk music or folk rock.
I've seen Bob Dylan a number of times and enjoyed every concert. I'm not sure how I can tell you how much his songs have mattered to me, or the connection I feel to the man. Wherever he is right now, I hope he had a great birthday, full of friends and love. I'll leave you with a few quotes, though I could quote many more from memory.
"To live outside the law you must be honest."
"At midnight all the agents and the superhuman crew/ Round up everyone who knows more than they do."
"Peace will come with tranquility and splendor."