A songwriter. A song teller. Someone whose songs have been in my life since the 1960's.
Bob Dylan. Some people say "what were they thinking?" Others say "it's about time a songwriter won this award."
According to National Public Radio (NPR), the Swedish Academy awarded the prize to Dylan"for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."
Does he deserve the prize? I believe so, and hope you will, too, after listening to some of his most famous songs.
His voice leaves a lot to be desired, but 75 year old Bob Dylan did not win the Nobel Prize for his vocal qualities.
Instead, they were for poetical lyrics that (not my original observation) were almost magical. That made you enter other worlds through doors that his lyrics created for us.
As far back as the early 2000's, there was already talk of Dylan being nominated for the Nobel prize. Enjoy this interview from 2004 with Ed Bradley.
I discovered Bob Dylan over 50 years ago through this song - "Like a Rolling Stone".
Truthfully, I don't like this version as much as the version that appeared in 1965, but his songs aren't all readily available on You Tube.
For my spouse, his favorite is a long song, a song about a real man called Ruben"Hurricane" Carter. I could not find a good Bob Dylan performance online, however.
Perhaps his most approachable song is "Blowing in the Wind". So straightforward and so profound.
A song (poor quality performance) that is eerily prophetic. "The Times They Are A-Changin'"
And one more, for the road (so to speak) - a cover of "Knocking On Heaven's Door" as done by Guns 'N Roses.
Do you listen to Bob Dylan? Which song is your favorite?
Day 17 of the #Ultimate Blog Challenge.