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Bob Dylan

American singer-songwriter, author, musician, poet, and artist

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A Quick Tip by TStocksl

  • Apr 4, 2011
I saw the headlines on Yahoo last week, didn't read the stories:  Academics are studying Bob Dylan. 

Here's all you need to know:  No other artist, singer, songwriter, poet, philosopher, theologian, preacher, or prophet has ever written the full range of what it is to be human nearly as well as this. 

If you have an alphabetical playlist of Dylan on your iPod  and if you have all or most of his recorded output, you will hear this pair of songs back to back:

Every grain of sand
In the time of my confession, in the hour of my deepest need
When the pool of tears beneath my feet flood every newborn seed
There's a dyin' voice within me reaching out somewhere,
Toiling in the danger and in the morals of despair.

Don't have the inclination to look back on any mistake,
Like Cain, I now behold this chain of events that I must break.
In the fury of the moment I can see the Master's hand
In every leaf that trembles, in every grain of sand.

Everything is broken
Broken bottles, broken plates,
Broken switches, broken gates,
Broken dishes, broken parts,
Streets are filled with broken hearts.
Broken words never meant to be spoken,
Everything is broken.

Then you can hear this pair back to back

Shooting star
Seen a shooting star tonight
Slip Away.
Tomorrow will be another day.
Guess it's too late to say the things to you
That you needed to hear me say.
Seen a shooting star tonight
Slip away.

Shot of love
Don't need a shot of heroin to kill my disease,
Don't need a shot of turpentine, only bring me to my knees,
Don't need a shot of codeine to help me to repent,
Don't need a shot of whiskey, help me be president.

I need a shot of love, I need a shot of love.

Class dismissed.Just listen, and understand, and live like this.

Advanced class:  Dylan has written 100s of songs, and released 1000s of performances (most different from the record version).   

Extra credit:  I think we're going to need a bigger iPOD!
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Quick Tip by . March 20, 2012
Bob Dylan turned 50 yesterday!  I know, Robert Zimmerman is 71.  But his first recording as "you may call me" Bob Dylan is now 50 years old.  Wow.  So, lets put things in perspective. My children still listen to and love (some of) Dylan's music and lyrics, even though it was recorded 30 to 40 years before they were born.        Now, go back in time 30 to 40 years before I was born, the 1920's and 1930's.  Are there performers, …
Quick Tip by . September 24, 2009
Simply the most important singer-songwriter of the last century. His songs range from the personal to the political to the spiritual. Superb
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I love reading and writing about what I have read, making the connections and marking the comparisons and contrasts. God has given man the amazing power to invent language and the means to record it which … more
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Folk/rock songwriter, singer. Born Robert Allen Zimmerman, on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota. Driven by the influences of early rock stars like Elvis PresleyJerry Lee Lewis, and Little Richard (whom he used to imitate on the piano at high school dances), the young Dylan formed his own bands, including the Golden Chords and Elston Gunn and His Rock Boppers. While attending the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, he began performing folk and country songs at local cafés, taking the name "Bob Dylan," after the late Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.

In 1960, Dylan dropped out of college and moved to New York, where his idol, the legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie, was hospitalized with a rare hereditary disease of the nervous system. Dylan visited with Guthrie regularly in his hospital room; he also became a regular in the folk clubs and coffeehouses of Greenwich Village, met a host of other musicians, and began writing songs at an astonishing pace, including "Song to Woody," a tribute to his ailing hero. In the fall of 1961, after one of his performances received a rave review in The New York Times, Dylan signed a recording contract with Columbia Records. Released early in 1962, Bob Dylan contained only two original songs, but showcased Dylan's gravelly-voiced singing style in a number of traditional folk songs and covers of blues songs.

The 1963 release of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan marked Dylan's ...

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