10 Gems (Not The Obvious Ones) By The Uncomparable 80-Year Old Singer-Songwriter Icon BOB DYLAN

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22 Septyember 2022

It’s simple. BOB DYLAN is my all-time favorite songsmith. His genial songwriting
skills, his compelling storytelling, his supreme rhymes, his singular phrasing, his waywardness in many ways, and his (non)approach to the press. It all makes him
one of the unquestionable giants in rock history.

Last May Robert Zimmerman turned 80. But it doesn’t stop him from touring.
And, yes, he’s coming to Belgium again, on 15 October in Brussels.
Can’t wait to see the master again.

I have no clue whatsoever, how many songs Dylan wrote (so far).
What I do know is that a couple of 100 are on my best-of-Dylan-list.
Yes, hard to pick only 10. But I did.

Top 3 with videos.
Top 10 together on Spotify.

Stellar video clip – 1989



All 10 GEMS together.

BOB DYLAN: Bio – Discography

It’s Not Dark Yet – Happy 81 To Living Songwriter Icon BOB DYLAN

24 May 2022

Robert Zimmernan was born on 24 May 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota.
Happy 81 to my all-time favorite singer-songwriter.

To mark the day here’s one of the most
affecting songs about getting older,
written by the man himself.

Shadows are falling and I’ve been here all day
It’s too hot to sleep, time is running away
Feel like my soul has turned into steel
I’ve still got the scars that the sun didn’t heal
There’s not even room enough to be anywhere
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

Well, my sense of humanity has gone down the drain
Behind every beautiful thing there’s been some kind of pain
She wrote me a letter and she wrote it so kind
She put down in writing what was in her mind
I just don’t see why I should even care
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

Well, I’ve been to London and I’ve been to gay Paree
I’ve followed the river and I got to the sea
I’ve been down on the bottom of a world full of lies
I ain’t looking for nothing in anyone’s eyes
Sometimes my burden seems more than I can bear
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

I was born here and I’ll die here against my will
I know it looks like I’m moving, but I’m standing still
Every nerve in my body is so vacant and numb
I can’t even remember what it was I came here to get away from
Don’t even hear a murmur of a prayer
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

The Never Ever Ever Ever Ending BOB DYLAN Tour

18 April 2022


My all-time favorite singer/songwriter BOB DYLAN
started his never-ending tour about 50 years ago.
And at the age of 80, he isn’t done yet.

North America dates

28 May 2022 – Spokane, Washington, First Interstate Center for the Arts

29 May 2022 – Kennewick, Washington, Toyota Center

31 May 2022 – Portland, Oregon, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1 June 2022 – Seattle, Washington,Paramount Theatre

2 June 2022 – Seattle, Washington,Paramount Theatre

5 June 2022 – Eugene, Oregon, Hult Performing Arts Center

7 June 2022 – Redding, Californa, Redding Civic Auditorium

9 June 2022 – Oakland, California, Fox Theater

10 June 2022 Oakland, California,,Fox Theater

11 June 2022 – Oakland, California,Fox Theater

14 Jun 2022 – Los Angeles, California,Pantages Theatre

15 Jun 2022 – Los Angeles, California, Pantages Theatre

16 Jun 2022 – Los Angeles, California, Pantages Theatre

18 Jun 2022 – San Diego, California, San Diego Civic Theatre

Ticket info here / More dates to come (of course)

Here’s Dylan’s epic 17-minute story Murder Most Foul (from
his 2020 album ‘Rough And Rowdy Ways) about the assassination
of President JFK in Dallas on 22 November 1963.

BOB DYLAN: Facebook – Sporify

BOB DYLAN – The Noble Prize Winner’s New Book ‘THE PHILOSOPHY OF MODERN SONG’ Comes In November

2 April 2022


Author: BOB DYLAN – It’s the Nobel Prize laureate’s
first new book since 2004’s Chronicles: Volume One.

Out: 8 November 2022 – Order info here.

Content: Dylan’s unique reflection on the ideas and philosophy contained in modern
popular song. He began working on the book in 2010, offers a master class on the art
and craft of songwriting. He writes over sixty essays focusing on songs by other artists,
spanning from Stephen Foster to Elvis Costello, and in between ranging from Hank
to Nina Simone.

He analyzes what he calls the trap of easy rhymes, breaks down how the addition of a single syllable can diminish a song, and even explains how bluegrass relates to heavy metal. These essays are written in Dylan’s unique prose. They are mysterious and mercurial, poignant and profound, and often laugh-out-loud funny.

And while they are ostensibly about music, they are really meditations and reflections on
the human condition. Running throughout the book are nearly 150 carefully curated photos
as well as a series of dream-like riffs that, taken together, resemble an epic poem and add to the work’s transcendence.

BOB DYLAN: Website

Now Playing… Debut Album BOB DYLAN – Released 60 Years Ago

Back in time

20 March 2022

My all-time favorite singer-songwriter BOB DYLAN released his self-titled
debut album 60 years ago (19 March 1962). The start of an unsurpassed
career still going.

AllMusic wrote: “Bob Dylan’s first album is a lot like the debut albums by the
Beatles and the Rolling Stones — a sterling effort, outclassing most, if not all,
of what came before it in the genre, but similarly eclipsed by the artist’s own
subsequent efforts. A significant portion of the record is possessed by the style
and spirit of Woody Guthrie…his album marked the pinnacle of that earlier phase,
before it was overshadowed by this artist’s more ambitious subsequent work.”

Score: 4/5

One of the highlights Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (original by Gary Davis
and Eric Von Schmidt
) played here with a full BAND, years later…

Stream the acoustic waterfall of words right here..

BOB DYLAN: All Albums

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(Unfortunately) Relevant (Once) Again – MASTERS OF WAR By BOB DYLAN -1963

2 March 2022

Seems like the times never changed at all.
The masters of war still rule the world.
To hell with all the power-greedy criminals.


Come you masters of war
You that build the big guns
You that build the death planes
You that build all the bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks

I just want you to know
I can see through your masks
You that never done nothin’
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it’s your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly
Like Judas of old

You lie and deceive

A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain

You fasten all the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you sit back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
While the young people’s blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

You’ve thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain’t worth the blood
That runs in your veins

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I’m young
You might say I’m unlearned
But there’s one thing I know
Though I’m younger than you
That even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good?
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could?
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die
And your death will come soon
I’ll follow your casket
By the pale afternoon
And I’ll watch while you’re lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I’ll stand over your grave
‘Til I’m sure that you’re dead

No, when it comes to war, the times didn’t change at all…

BOB DYLAN – Masterpiece Album (One Of Many) ‘BLOOD ON THE TRACKS’ Topped US Charts 47 Years Ago Today

Back in time

8 February 2022


His fifteenth and one of his most
memorable longplayers ever.

All Music: “This is hardly nostalgia, this is the sound of an artist returning to his strengths, what feels most familiar, as he accepts a traumatic situation, namely the breakdown of his marriage. This is an album alternately bitter, sorrowful, regretful, and peaceful, easily the closest he ever came to wearing his emotions on his sleeve. That’s not to say that it’s an explicitly confessional record, since many songs are riddles or allegories, yet the warmth
of the music makes it feel that way.”
Score: 5/5.

TUTV: It’s simple. Dylan is my all-time favorite singer-songwriter
and this LP is one of my all-time favorite Dylan albums.

Score: The LP topped the US Albums Chart on 8 Feb 1975, 47 years ago today.
Also Number One in Canada, New Zealand and several European countries.
In the UK it peaked at #4

Tangled In Blue‘, the only single off the LP…

Album in full…

BOB DYLAN: Facebook

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