Sunday, May 21, 2023

"Not Dark Yet"

Scott Johnson at PowerLine recognises Bob Dylan's 82nd birthday this coming Wednesday with two posts, "Not Dark Yet," and "Not Dark Yet, Cont'd." Johnson writes:
In my estimation Dylan is first and foremost a songwriter. .... Dylan somehow absorbed the folk, rock, country, and blues traditions as a precocious young man growing up in Hibbing and then recapitulated them in his own voice many times over while adding a twist of modernist poetry to the mix. ....
And so, rather than Dylan's recordings, everything in these two blog posts are covers of Dylan songs, in all about forty. If you have found Dylan's singing voice difficult, you can gain appreciation for him as a songwriter by listening to others sing his songs. A few of the choices Johnson made:

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