305. "The Man In Me" by Bob Dylan

"The man in me will hide sometimes to keep from bein’ seen
But that’s just because he doesn’t want to turn into some machine"

"The Man In Me" is the theme song for The Big Lebowski, a film that defines a type of modern hermitage in plain sight, in the midst of an overpopulated planet, where there are no longer wild places for dissenters to escape: The achievers are menaces. The artists are bratty, rebellious children of the achievers. The official enemies of their society are caricatures in fevered dreams. The bands are nihilists. The mysteries are not worth solving. Donny is out of his element.

But oh, what a wonderful feeling just to know you are near. It's the feeling of organ ringing gospel cadences, and friends oohing beer-scented harmonies together into the same mic. It's the sound of Bob Dylan's threadbare voice, tired, but in love.