Bob Dylan at 70- My top 20 Dylan songs. Today: 16-13

On May 24, 2011, Bob Dylan turns 70. Between May 20 and May 24, I will post my top 20 songs composed by Dylan. Yesterday, I posted 20-17. Today, it's 16-13:16. Jokerman (1983) 15. Pressing On (1980) 14. Chimes of Freedom (1964) 13. Times They Are A-Changin’ (1964)What follows is a video of each as well as lyrics.... … [Read more...]

Bob Dylan at 70- My top 20 Dylan songs. Today: 20-17

On May 24, 2011, Bob Dylan turns 70. Over the next 5 days, I will post my top 20 songs composed by Dylan, starting today with 20, 19, 18, and 17:20. Every Grain of Sand (1981) 19. It Aint Me, Babe (1964) 18. Gates of Eden (1965) 17. Mississippi (2001)What follows is a video of each as well as lyrics.... … [Read more...]

And that the ladder of the law has no top and no bottom: Bob Dylan’s lyrics find their way into many judicial opinions

(HT: Bill Glennen)From the LA Times: On summer nights in the mid-1960s, while black-and-white television crackled elsewhere in his Staten Island home with news of Southern violence and Vietnam, Bobby Lasnik would stretch out in his bedroom to let the righteous soundtrack of the civil rights movement waft into his impressionable teenage soul.Tuned in to WBAI-FM, coming across the water from Manhattan, he heard baleful laments about injustice that he would carry with him for a … [Read more...]

Bob Dylan: “In the Garden”

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“You’re an idiot, babe. It’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe…”

For those who don't know, that's a line from Bob Dylan's song, "Idiot Wind," and it is perfectly applicable to the ever-clueless, though strangely attractive, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times. This morning, Dowd expresses her disappointment that prior to his performances in China, Dylan allowed the government censors to approve his set list. This meant, according to Dowd, no protest songs from the Voice of Her Generation against the oppressive Chinese government. Too bad Dowd does not know … [Read more...]

John Piper on Bob Dylan

(HT: Bill Gann). Writes Piper: In 1979 Bob Dylan recorded the song "Gotta Serve Somebody." For those who listen with biblically informed ears the refrain echoes Paul and Jesus:Paul: "You are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness" (Romans 6:16).Jesus: "No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other" (Matthew 6:24).Dylan's … [Read more...]

Fr. Robert Barron on Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, and the New Evangelization

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Bob Dylan: Little Drummer Boy

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Should Bob Dylan retire?, or Everybody must get old!

John Jurgeson at the Wall Street Journal says "yes." Here's an excerpt: Most alarming to listeners devoted to his seminal recordings: the state of Mr. Dylan's voice, decades on from its first signs of deterioration. Dr. Lee Akst, director of the Johns Hopkins Voice Center, says it's impossible to diagnose Mr. Dylan without an examination, but that rock singers are especially prone to scarring or other damage to the vocal cords. Such trauma can be cumulative, he says, compounding the risks for … [Read more...]

Bob Dylan, live in Boston 1974, singing “Gates of Eden.”

A terrific performance.Lyrics follow … [Read more...]