Dylan at the White House: how much have the times changed?

January 27, 2010

The announcement that music icon Bob Dylan was coming to the White House next month for “A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement” sent us scrambling to listen to his famous song “The Times They Are A-Changin’.”

The lyrics from 45 years ago, eerily echo today.

Come senators, congressmen, please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway, don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt,  will be he who has stalled
The battle outside is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows, and rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’

JAZZ FESTIt was a year ago that President Barack Obama entered the White House on a platform of  change – “Yes, we can.”

But his early intentions became bogged down by a sour economy and partisan politics, not to mention two wars. Now all eyes are on his State of the Union address to see whether he can make another fresh start.

Obama has said that it was the civil rights movement that made it possible for him to be elected the first African American president of the United States.

The concert on Feb. 10 will mark Black History month.

Other performers attending include Natalie Cole, John Legend, Smokey Robinson, Seal, and Jennifer Hudson. Actors Morgan Freeman and Queen Latifah will serve as emcees.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Lee Celano (Dylan at New Orleans jazz festival in 2006)

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