Category Bob Dylan

Slow Train Coming

Gonna have to Serve Somebody: The feel and sound of the record is instantly different than the other Dylan albums. The lyrics are highly metaphorical and the bluesy feel is appealing. The second chorus is the first time the woman singing background vocals are heard, providing a sharp contrast to Dylan’s voice. His voice sounds […]

Oh Mercy

We live in a Political World: The song that starts the album off is catchy and fast paced. The song is lyrically strong, but not in the same way that Masters of War is. The pop feel to the background music and the change in Dylan’s voice creates a more low key affect that the […]

Chronicles, Bob Dylan

Chronicles chapters 1 & 2 “There was a fire between him (Billy the Butcher) and everybody else”  – Dylanesque “Nelson had never been a bold innovator like the early signers who sang like they wee navigating burning ships” “The madly complicated modern world was something I took little interest in” In chapter one, the reader […]

There is something about Bob Dylan

Yesterday is gone but the past lives on. The essence of what exactly makes a Dylan song so different from the others is one that cannot be neatly explained. The off-key instrumental note, reckless recording, and scratchy voice that wails out from the speakers is often imitated, but never duplicated. How Bob manages to create […]

Guthrie + Dylan

Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan’s names have been paired together for decades, and each year there is speculation over where Guthrie ends and Bob Dylan begins.  There are countless opinions, “first hand” accounts, interpretations, and even educated guesses, as to just how much of an influence the folk legend had on Dylan. Indeed there are […]

Modern Times

Thunder on the Mountain: The song that begins the album, the pace is quick and the sound has undoubtedly blues undertones. The background instruments blend together nicely and the electric guitar stands out. Bob’s voice, at over 60 years old, sounds much different than the previous albums. It is weathered and grainier, but still undeniably […]

Idiot Wind

Idiot Wind was never a simple song. For starters, it was a part of the infamous Blood on the Tracks recordings, while on top of that, it’s noted as being the song that went through the most changes (Heylin). The first recording of the song took place in New York at Columbia Records on September […]