“How does it feel , How does it feel to be on your own, with no direction home, like a complete unknown, like a Rolling Stone”…….. He wails to leave an indelible stamp on your senses. He then compels you to think about “The answer my friend is Blowin’ in the Wind”. And then the song which describes him most” Oh Mr. Tambourine Man play a song for me….”
The man with a guitar, a mouth organ and half a voice has enthralled audiences with his own inimitable brand of poetry recitation. All of them timeless classics very much like our own Indian Ghazals , will go down very well with a glass of wine and a cigarette in the hand.
As visionaries go, he was different and like all geniuses had his flaws but there is no doubting that Bob Dylan is the greatest songwriter of them all and the leading influence on the Sixties flower power generation. His songwriting had influences from politics, revolution and the times which “were a changin’ “. There was always a story in his song which you are attracted to and at the end you are not sure whether you grasped it and would like to listen once more. He was a maverick and had his controversies but his lasting legacy is his 60s music which was a blend of intellectual folklore with a raw edge that hypnotised audiences.No pyrotechniques and electronica , just a voice straight from the heart
I have been a Dylan Fan since 1990 when I came across the “Travelling Wilbury’s Vol 1” album and used to beat out the best of Bob Dylan albums. My mother could never understand why I would listen to a rough voice speaking with a guitar. But I was “Knockin on Heaven’s doors” at all the songs. Bob Dylan songs have been performed successfully by several groups and artistes giving it the agelessness. In fact “Like a Rolling Stone..” has been named the Greatest ever song by the Rolling Stone Magazine beating songs like Imagine by John Lennon and Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones. Though that is subjective and prone to other opinions, it just showed where in the pecking order Dylan lies.
Bob Dylan is one of the major influences on the Music world and this is my tribute to him on his 69th Birthday. May the “Never Ending Tour”continue Rocking and Rolling for ever. Its never over for you “Baby Blue”.
I end with this excerpt from Wikipedia:
Bob Dylan has been described as one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, musically and culturally. Dylan was included in the Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century where he was called “master poet, caustic social critic and intrepid, guiding spirit of the counterculture generation”. Howard Sounes, the biographer of Bob Dylan, placed him among the most exalted company when he said, “There are giant figures in art who are sublimely good—Mozart, Picasso, Frank Lloyd Wright, Shakespeare, Dickens. Dylan ranks alongside these artists.”
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