Coverdown: Freewheelin 219 / Freewheelin-on-line take 21

freewheelin-on-line take 21 cover


This month’s cover could be the ultimate statement on the art of minimalism. Or, as Chris Cooper suggests, it could be a picture of Dylan in a snowstorm. Actually it’s neither of these. In fact, this month’s cover is a meant to be a visual representation of silence which I suppose is quite natural when you consider that the journal itself concerns the comings and goings of an artist who makes a lot of noise. 

Before you accuse me of being a pretentious git let me plead for your sympathy and say that it wasn’t meant to be this way. I had planned a festive cover with bangles, baubles, beads and lots of angles. But then one foggy November eve some malicious spam spreader cast his spell my way and sent me an email, purporting to be from Paypal, inviting me to open an attachment. Dutifully, ignorantly and very stupidly I opened the attachment whereupon some worm leapfrogged my internet security system and crashed my pc. I tried to boot, boot boot the machine into life which only made matters worse. So I was left with no hardware, no software, no email facility and, worst of all, no access to Expecting Rain. Total silence on all fronts. 

I am now waiting for Santa Baby to hurry down the chimney with a brand new pc packed tight with some massive gigs and other things. Yet all I really wanna do is plug in a machine that works. So that I can hear that Windows jingle. So that Bob can come through those little speakers. 

Sleigh bells ring. Are you listening? Can you feel the noize? I can’t and I can’t I’m afraid. 

Never mind, next month I should be back to full colour. And in the meantime, hey, its Christmas. ‘Tis the season to be jolly. So it’s not just OK. Its…all white!


Theo Casamegas