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What is it that makes Bob Dylan's music so significant in the world today?

Is it his way of saying things? His poetic imagery? Religious view? Political perspectives? Is it his penetrating perspective of the mysteries of life itself? His deeply felt emotion and his way of expressing it through music? What is it in his lyrics that is so fascinating to so many people, young and old?
What makes him tick...?
Who is this man...?

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    • May 25 2011: Hi Richard,

      Agree !.....and Agree again !

      Do you listen to him a lot? I'd like to hear from you.... "how does it feel" Where does it hit you? In the gut?
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    May 24 2011: His turn of phrase and his phrasing. A shrewdly observant and eloquent poet and musician - simple tunes and powerful words.
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      May 24 2011: Scott, I agree but I think it is more. I think that his music resonates more intensely at times because it gathers and reflects back the issues in society. It makes people understand that they are not the only ones who see and feel and know that things are wrong. He also has an 'everyman' quality.
    • May 25 2011: Hi Scott.... and Debra too! (do you remember me Debra?)

      With you on that one Scott ! Agree with you too Deb! Dylan puts me in a frame of mind. It is an observant frame of mind. It's like Paul Simon said in an interview once .... Dylan can criticize you and then make you laugh about yourself at the same time.
      Do you know the song by Jackson Browne "For Everyman" .... great song if you haven't heard it. You tube it.
      Have you ever thought about who "Everyman" in J.B. song? I think JB refers to Dylan in an early song... he calls him "the great song traveler" do you know this song? It goes ... the great song traveler passed through here, and he opened my eyes to the view and I was among them who called him a profit and I asked him what was true, until the distance had shown, how the road remains alone, now I'm looking in my life, for a truth that is my own, and I looked into the sky for my anthem and the words and the music came through, but words and music could never touch the beauty that I've seen, looking into you....
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        May 26 2011: Daniel, it took me a bit and I even emailed to get you to remind me but I do remember you and your deep thinking! I do think you might be right about Jackson Browne and the link to Dylan and Everyman.
        Did you notice that Jackson Browne has been on TED 4 times? His last song did not get that great a reception by some but I enjoyed it.

        • May 27 2011: Hi Debra, ..... geeee thanks for the compliment. I never felt like any deep thinker though... you must be thinking about somebody else..... ;-)

          I have only seen one Jackson Browne spot on TED. I'll have to look for the others right away.
          Got some stories to tell you about Jackson Browne, but I'm not sure this is the place to do it. What do you think Jackson is trying to say in "For Everyman" I've always tried to get to the bottom of that song. We are wandering away from Dylan with that question but I know that Jackson has been inspired by Dylan, so I guess we can allow it...
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        May 27 2011: I am pretty sure we would get deleted if we start to follow JB rather than Dylan here but I will be happy to discuss it via TED email.
        And yes- the topic was consciousness when we met.
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    May 26 2011: As someone who grew up on Bob Dylan from 1963 I would simply say that Dylan gave a voice to people who did not have a voice that could be heard in a generally uncaring society.

    "Times the are a changing", they certainly were! Bob Dylan challenged the system and was an integral part of the engine that was stirring up change. Dylan always had a keen sense of what was "Blowing in the Wind" and was not afraid to speak up against "The Masters of War". Bob Dylan knew "that even the President of the United States sometimes has to stand naked" but he also echoed the thoughts of the masses who knew that in this life "You have to serve somebody".

    Bob Dylan could speak about individual cases of wrong doing the "Hurricane" and "Hattie Carrol" are good cases in point. In the end you just have to say that Bob Dylan is timeless and will remain "Forever Young".
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    May 24 2011: Because maybe anything "achange"
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    May 24 2011: Just an FYI


    He was prolific!
    • May 25 2011: I have to agree Lynn ! I cant understand how it is possible for just one mans imagination can fathom so much.. to piece the ideas and the words so poetically together... and not just his words but his melodies too!! How does he come up with them ??.... and as he tells in an interview I heard recently that sometimes they just came to him.... sort of out of the blue. He wrote Blowing in the Wind in just 10 minutes he told. Today he tells it much harder to write... to find that creative stream.
      Thanks for the link !
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        May 26 2011: Hi Daniel..sorry it is


        you will love Doc's show..no one knows Dylan like Doc.

        Dylan was of course the poet of my generation so I have so many vinyls..Now I can download through Imesh and have a huge library.

        Hard to pick an all time favorte..Musically ( not peotetically) I love "Shelter from the Storm", and Romance in Durango.

        It is interesting to me how lal the music of my generation connects with young people now..poetry too. We were a generation of activitists of young people with beliefes who sought to chnage what was wrong. We were willing to travel miles, sleep in the back seat of broken down cars to stannd with others for things we beleieved in. It was a generation of values..of social and economic justice of freedom. and of course we were the love generation. ( I didn't do nay of those things, by the way)

        Perhaps its that spirit that resonates with young people today

        I will try to catch Doc's show tomorrow. Would be fun to listen together and have a talk back about it. Should be a good one..this is Dylan's 70th birthday.
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    May 24 2011: Saw him recently and was captivated how he could sing these songs and not say a single word, it seemed to be all just pitches and timings.
    • May 25 2011: Have you read Chronicles Thomas? He has some really interesting things to say there about the mathematical aspect of his music.... if you can understand that. I don't quite get it .... what he really means by that... Take a look if you have it. If you don't have it I would highly recommend it. He writes his book just like he writes songs. The one colorful picture after the other that sort of move by your imagination. He talks a lot about the time he played in "Oh Mercy" down in New Orleans.
      I experience something in the way he says things... he says things that you can almost feel and touch.. feelings that sort of penetrate through one whole being.
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        May 27 2011: I have not read Chronicles but this idea about the math behind his music intrigues me. Mayhap I'll check it out.
        • May 28 2011: I'll tell you Thomas .. it made no sense at all to me.. he talks about threes and fives and I didn't get it at all. But take a look at the book. Its a great read!
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    May 24 2011: My dear fellow lovers of Bob Dylan's timeless poems in music you might enjoy streaming live from
    every friday morning 9am to10am DST USA (GMT-4) an amazing show called Highway 61...live feed The curator knows Dylan's work and the work inspired by it..the many covers and interpretations, like noone else. You can stream live by linking to www.weru.org

    might be fun to listen together in community and talk about Docs selections which are always in include with what we know and love , slections, often live recordings, that are well beyond what even the most devoted Dylan fans know or have ever heard.
    • May 25 2011: Thanks for the comment Lindsay, I couldn't get in on the link though www.werufm.org
      I'll try again later. I'll try to google Highway 61. I'll pass it on to my Dylan friends after I get in on it.

      Tell me what you think about Dylan's music then.... Could be interesting coming from a woman's point of view
      Some people I know say Dylan is sexist because of a song called Sweetheart Like You. Do you know it?
      Great song in my opinion. Dylan says "A woman like you should be at home, thats where you belong, takin care a somebody nice, who don't know how ta do you wrong. I think thats where their hang up is.
  • May 24 2011: My sentiments exactly Scott! Welcome to the conversation. Your the first to comment. "We'll just have to see how it goes"