Saturday, May 24, 2008
I'll get right to the music. It's Bob Dylan's 67th birthday today. He has been one of the greatest influences on folk, country and pop music for five decades. He deserves a post. I planned to give some interesting links and the first is what Googlesearch brought up today. The first item up was a review from The Cronicle Herald saying that Dylan had committed songacide at his concert this past Wednesday night in Halifax. That review could have been written by my youngest brother a few years ago. I took two of my kids and my two brothers to see Dylan in Moncton and we loved it but my brother did not. He'd wanted Dylan to sing his songs the same way they were recorded. He really did change them a lot. I kind of liked that and said that he could do what he wanted with his own songs. The linked article is in agreement with my bro.
Bob Dylan's own website is interesting. Until I had a look through I didn't know he had won a Pulitzer Prize. I also has a link to a gallery featuring his artwork. His tour dates show he's still very busy.
My oldest son is Dylan's biggest fan. Even one of his kids has Dylan as part of their name. Every time he could choose the topic for a paper in high school or university, it was Bob Dylan. It's certainly easy to buy gifts for him. One thing that puzzle me is this. I am a huge Waifs fan. Bob Dylan is a huge Waifs fan and had them open for him for an entire tour yet my son doesn't like the Waifs. Go figure. I can't.
I have tons of Bob Dylan albums, cassettes, cd's and files. Lots and lots to choose from if I wanted to play him all day long.....and all night long. Here are a few links from songs already featured here: Spanish Harlem Incident, Girl From the North Country, Cohen's Halleluja, Just Like a Woman, The Times We've Known, Buckets of Rain, Tough Mama, I Pity the Poor Immigrant, Blowin' In the Wind, I'll Be Your Baby Tonight, The Times We've Known, Heart of Mine, Shooting Star (one of my favorites), Cold Irons Bound, Fixin' To Die, and the rest I've put up have been removed. Two additions for today are Gotta Serve Somebody from one of my favorite of his albums, Slow Train Coming. A lot of people didn't like this period of Dylan's, his religious period but I really love this album. Another favorite is Not Dark Yet. Tomorrow I'll put up these two songs by other people. Don't want them to horn in on Bob's Day