Last night I began my concert with a 20 minute improvisation inspired by John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance”.
Who Killed Davey Moore?
Below is a cover of one of my favorite Bob Dylan tunes, Who Killed Davey Moore, performed during a live looping show I did at The Red Herring Lounge in Duluth, Minnesota, on September 27th, 2014.
I first heard this song when I was a teenager, and although I didn’t know the historical context at the time, I was impacted by Bob Dylan’s lyrics which spoke to me about a culture of violence through the story of the final fight of a boxer named Davey Moore. I continue to be affected by Dylan’s words in the way they speak to me about the culpability of our society in sustaining a violent culture, both directly and indirectly, and in challenging individuals to ask of themselves the difficult question, “Why, and what’s the reason for?” when witnessing, and even reveling in acts of violence.
Before playing the song at a concert in 1964, Dylan said:
This a song about a boxer…
It’s got nothing to do with boxing, it’s just a song about a boxer really.
And, uh, it’s not even having to do with a boxer, really.
It’s got nothing to do with nothing.
But I fit all these words together…
It’s taken directly from the newspapers,
Nothing’s been changed…
Except for the words.
In and of itself, the fact that Davey Moore, American world featherweight champion, lost his life after a match against Cuban boxer, Sugar Ramos, is sad, but not surprising, considering the inherent violence of the sport and the goal of hitting an opponent long and hard enough to knock them out. What is more tragic, in my interpretation of Dylan’s song, is contemplating the boxing arena as the arena of war, the boxers as soldiers, managers as governments, spectators as citizens, gamblers as war profiteers, and the boxing writer as the press. Dylan originally wrote and performed the song in 1963, when the Cuban Missile Crisis and the escalation of the Vietnam War were weighing on the minds of most Americans. Today, unfortunately, the metaphor resonates louder and clearer, as denial of the causes and motivations for war seems to have a firm hold on the psyche of American culture.
I perform this song to the rhythmic sound of a gas stove igniting.
Some Live Looping improvisations from performances at The Duluth Playhouse rotunda and The Red Herring Lounge.
My song “Revolution” performed at The Red Herring Lounge in Duluth, Minnesota.
Dear friends, family, supporters!
I’m excited to share my Live Looping Kickstarter Project with you! My Kickstarter Campaign lasts 40 days, starting now!
I’m planning to record a Live Looping album this fall/winter at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth, but to do it, I need some help. Specifically, I’m asking for your assistance in 3 ways.
3 Ways to Help
- Donate to my Kickstarter Project here: https://www. kickstarter.com/projects/ adamsippola/adam-sippola- creates-live-looping-album-at- sacred
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I’ve got several live performances coming up. If you you’re more familiar with seeing me on the musical theater stage, these are some great opportunities to check out my Live Looping music:
- “Looping in the Round” – Duluth Playhouse Rotunda: Friday, September 26th @1pm – Free All Ages
- “Kickstarter Kickoff Concert” – The Red Herring Lounge: Saturday, September 27th @7pm – Free 21+
- “Looping Under the Carnegie Dome” – Old Carnegie Library Rotunda: Tuesday, October 7th @8pm – Free All Ages
- “Looping like my soul’s on fire” – Lake Superior Interfaith: Friday, October 10th @7pm – Free All Ages
- “A Cosmic Loopening” – UMD Planetarium: Monday, October 20th @7pm $2 All Ages
- “Adam Sippola & Rachael Kilgour” – Teatro Zuccone: Monday, October 27th @7:30pm $5 All Ages
Thank you so much for supporting me by supporting my project! See at one of my shows.