Today the greatest singer/songwriter and poet of all time turns 80 years old. It was the experience of a lifetime to see him on stage with Neil Young in Kilkenny in the summer of 2019.
For the past 60 years Bob Dylan has been at the forefront of the music industry. More than a singer though he’s an activist, he’s anti establishment and a rebellious one of a kind talent that we will never see again. Bob Dylan has transcended music, his words have poignancy to them that resonate now more than ever. I still get goosebumps when I hear his music. I listen to simple twist of fate, like a rolling stone, the Hurricane, Forever young and subterranean homesick blues to name a few and I feel inspired. What Dylan does better than anybody is tell a story with his own weird and unique way only he can do.
In 2016 Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature, the first musician to be awarded such a prestigious honour. He’s just released a new album this year which features his longest song to date about the assassination of JFK over 16 minutes long. Dylan hasn’t lost a step throughout his elustrious career that has no end in sight. He’s been on tour since 1988 on the never ending tour.
When I listen to his music there’s such a raw and unpolished feel to it while each word also seems poured over with thought and analysis. There is no other like Bob Dylan and we may never see his kind again. I’m just feeling lucky we’ve had him at all.