Bob Dylan: I’m at a loss for words

This was unexpected, but I’m really having a hard time writing this post about american singer-songwriter and musician Bob Dylan, even if I’ve been listening to his music for a long long time (his 1960’s albums at least). As the 2007 movie “I’m not there” implied, this artist is really elusive. Perhaps I’m also suffering from the Wayne’s World I’m not worthy complex (this might happen again when I speak of Leonard Cohen or other poets who’ve given us such beautifully accurate lyrics about human soul, relationships, or social conflicts).

I think we could say that Bob Dylan is one of the 20th century’s most influential figures, when it comes to both music and culture.

So… I thought, hey, why not let the music speak for itself? I found a couple of cool things on youtube. The classic “Subterranean Homesick Blues” video, a live 1960’s performance of “Mr. Tambourine Man”, and of a personal favorite, “Don’t think twice, it’s alright”.


All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan vs Jimi Hendrix)

I will soon be posting about Bob Dylan. While looking for great live performances to add to my post, I came up with the idea to follow up on the Hurt vs Hurt (NIN vs Johnny Cash) showdown with yet another heartbreaking choice.

Bob Dylan wrote and sang the original version of All along the watchtower. I personally love this version, which offers great vocals, guitar and harmonica playing. Definitely got the Bob Dylan feel. A soft yet dramatic rendition of the song. But Dylan himself has allegedly said that he loves Jimi Hendrix’s “heavier” version. Jimi definitely made this song his own, and his evocative vocals and guitar playing make this a very intense version. When I was younger, I would have voted for Jimi’s version, no question. But now I’m torn.

A little help?