Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize

Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize.

The Peace Prize for “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Masters of War”?  No.  The Chemistry Prize for his duets with Joan Baez?  No.  The Prize for Music?  There is no prize for music.  He won the Prize for Literature.

OK, even many of us Dylan fans responded to the news with a “huh?”  Are songwriters to be counted in the ranks of novelists, dramatists, and poets?  Well, why not?  Poetry used to be accompanied by music anyway, which is why we call it “lyric.”  And Dylan is nothing if not a poet.

So congratulations to the one true Bob.  And I hope that Pete, our resident Dylan scholar here at the Cranach Institute, weighs in.  I can’t wait to hear what Dylan will say at his acceptance speech. [Read more…]

Bob Dylan’s new album

Bob Dylan has released a new album, Fallen Angels.   (If you have Amazon Prime, you can listen to its various tracks for free.)   This is another set of interpretations of Frank Sinatra-type standards like his previous album Shadows in the Night (also on Prime).

Pete, resident Dylan expert here at the Cranach Institute, put me onto an excellent review of the album from the student newspaper of Cambridge University.  I call it excellent as a music review because of its close attention to the actual music.  Also of interest is how it takes up the charge that “Dylan can’t sing.”  I quote the beginning after the jump, but follow the link and read it all. [Read more…]

Oklahoma gets Bob Dylan archives

Bob Dylan’s archives will be housed in Tulsa, Oklahoma, near the Woody Guthrie museum.  An Oklahoma foundation that was also involved in building the Guthrie museum put up $15-20 million to buy the treasure trove of manuscripts, recordings, and memorabilia.

I moved back here and now Oklahoma has become a happening place.  I can’t, however, find a connection. [Read more…]

Bob Dylan opens up

Bob Dylan won the “person of the year” award from MusiCares, a charity that helps down and out musicians.  He gave a remarkable 30-minute acceptance speech that talked about his career, his influences, and his thoughts about music.  [Read more…]

A report on Bob Dylan’s Sinatra album

The commenter known as “Pete” has a picture that looks like a little kid, but he’s really a distinguished physician.  He’s also among the top two Bob Dylan aficionados that I have ever known (the other being a good friend and former colleague).  Pete went so far as to look me up and take me with him to a Dylan concert in Washington, D. C.  So I value greatly his thoughts on Dylan’s latest album, his unique take on the American “standards” as performed by Frank Sinatra.  Pete gave me his thoughts about the album, which I post with his permission after the jump. [Read more…]

Bob Dylan and his interview with AARP

Bob Dylan gives his first interview in three years to the AARP magazine, in which he talks about virtue, God’s leading, and his new album of Frank Sinatra standards.

As a teenager, I could never, in my most fevered adolescent imaginations, conceive of that sentence or any part of it being written about Bob Dylan.  Nor could I conceive of myself, 45 years later, appreciating what he says so much.

But you’ve got to read the interview, excerpted and linked after the break.  It’s thoughtful, revealing, and musically perceptive.  You can also hear a track from the new album, Shadows in the Night, to be released February 3.  Bob is singing it, crooning it, to the background of a five piece band with steel guitar, and it sounds lovely. [Read more…]