Happy Birthday

I got intoDylan late, maybe six, seven years ago. Before that he was my Dad’s music, along with Neil and Bruce (Mom likes Billy and Barbra). We were driving to a wedding in rural Kansas and I’d brought a CD along, it was long enough to keep me awake on the road. When I started searching out everything of his I could get my hands on after that, my parents were amused. I told them, “if my generation is gonna be forced to repeat all the least fun parts of the 1960s and 1970s, including thefashion, it’s only fair we get some of the music, too.”

I saw him live a couple of years ago; he tore through an 80 minute set with no break, not even looking up until the end. He said maybe six words the entire night. It was something else.

A.

8 thoughts on “Happy Birthday

  1. I’m going to blogwhore this post since it is also my only child’s birthday. Given my nearly life long love & grief & respect & time (I used to transcribe his songs to try & get dates.), one might think I arranged the birth day, but no, this is one of those great & wonderful coincidences that make like fun & worth it.
    My kid’s birthday, too.

  2. Grateful Dead — “Queen Jane Approximately”
    Dixie Chicks — “Mississippi”

  3. I got into Dylan late, maybe six, seven years ago. Before that he was my Dad’s music, along with Neil and Bruce
    Your Dad’s music?
    Fuck. I’m old…

  4. Mr Zimmerman is an American icon. His greatness cannot be overstated. He is the ne plus ultra of this country’s musical tradition. I place him with the Gershwins, Copland, Woody Guthrie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington…you can see where I’m going with this.
    And, he’s still with us, still going strong, still creating great music.

  5. Blood on the Tracks…one of the top 10 best albums, ever, as far as I’m concerned. I love every song on that and some of them will still make me cry. You’re gonna make me lonesome when you go…Idiot Wind…Shelter from the Storm…holy shit, I’ve got to go and listen to it again.

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