I have heard Bob Dylan’s songs for about 10 years, but I have only been listening for the last year. Dylan is not a musician; he’s an artist. He creates songs and ideas that are truly original. They are not only songs that make you say, “Yeah, I always thought that, but could never put it into words, like he just did,” but rather he makes us think of ideas, people, and life as we have never thought of them before. I don’t think Dylan’s influence could ever be quantified, and many of us have been introduced to his music and ideas through alternate avenues and not even known it, but you can’t just put Dyaln in your music rotation, you have to actively listen. Sometimes you have to reference the lyrics too, because one misheard word can change what he’s saying, so listen carefully and we’ll all be better for it.
I am interested to hear your thoughts on Bob Dylan. What are your favorite songs? What makes that song interesting to you? I am also interested in your favorite Dylan line?
One of my favorite lines is in Dylan’s TV Talkin’ Song. Singing about a TV, he says:
“It will lead you into some strange pursuits,
Lead you to the land of forbidden fruits.
It will scramble up your head and drag your brain about,
Sometimes you gotta do like Elvis did and shoot the damn thing out.”
I look forward to your thoughts.