There I was scrolling through another headline about Trump on CNN.com this morning when I saw something that immediately brightened my day.
“Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”
Indeed, Bob Dylan is one of the greatest to do it. It just takes one listen of the song Like a Rolling Stone to see Dylan’s ability to write something that is more than a song. Dylan writes stories the likes of which take you places. The pictures he paints are vivid, the characters in his songs are properly built and the story lines take you through the ups and downs of life. They say the greatest songs are the ones with simple lyrics and that is true for the most part because it is a lot easier to sing, understand and sell to the masses something like “cause you’re hot and you’re cold, you’re yes and you’re no” than “you say you never compromise with the mystery tramp, but now you realize he’s not selling any alibis.”
The former are perfectly acceptable lyrics, the latter is poetry.
With that said, let me tell you a little bit about my favorite artist of all time, Jimi Hendrix, and an interesting musical correlation with Dylan. Read More