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A Moment To Remember
We've had Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits in the car this week. When I bought it for Skylar several years back, she was already familiar with Blowin' in the Wind from our morning drives to the JCC with Peter, Paul, and Mary. That song was her favorite, along with "Mr. Tambourine Man," which I was fond of singing around the house. This time around, her tastes have broadened. Twice today she asked to hear "Like a Rolling Stone" again as soon as it was over. On the third pass, as we were driving down Oracle, all three of us were singing along. Having just had a conversation with Kim referencing the important role that song played in her life and still bobbing up and down in the wake of a delightful weekend of chats with catfishvegas and his brother, I was more attuned to the song than I have been in a long time. "Look, I have goosebumps," Kim said. "I have them too," I replied. Then I looked over my shoulder to see Skylar emit another hearty, "How does it feel?" It felt good. It felt as good as it gets.

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kolakoski From: kolakoski Date: September 5th, 2006 08:28 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
"Like A Rolling Stone" had a profound effect on me as well. It too occurred in a car, but I was by myself and recently graduated from college. From then on, the song has played a very important role in my life.

It's wonderful to hear about the next generation's early encounters with Dylan. My brother tells me about similar moments that he's had with his daughter.

By the way, have you heard Dylan's new album? It's good--strange but appropriately so.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 5th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I think that song ranks high on the list of those that touch deeper than skin. One thing that has really intrigued me since coming to U of A is how many students are into Dylan, even though they may otherwise have little interest in "Classic Rock." Growing up in the relatively fallow period of Dylan's career -- late 70s until early 90s -- made it a little harder for my generation. World Gone Wrong marked a big turning point. It's so pure.

I'm looking forward to the new one. Haven't picked it up yet, but will soon. I have to either be in a record store I want to support or a place where the price is right.
xmoonbunnyx From: xmoonbunnyx Date: September 5th, 2006 08:42 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Dylan Rocks!

I went to my first college party on 6/6/6. I've avoided them for a reason: I just don't like to drink around people I'm not close to or familiar with, and I don't do any drugs. But that party was groovy. These kids, though they were roughly between 18 and 22 years old, all loved old-school music. First they were playing Pink Floyd (awesome), but later in the evening they were all chillin' on couches, listening to Dylan. Singing along, too. Thus started my fondness for Dylan.

My favorites are "Hurricane" and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," but my boyfriend loves many of his songs. He has a couple records from him, too, one of which I just bought from Bookman's about a week and 1/2 ago.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 5th, 2006 01:51 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Dylan Rocks!

I had a historic sensibility where music is concerned when I was growing up. I didn't just want to hear the latest thing. I wanted to hear the music that inspired the latest thing and the music that inspired the music that inspired it. It heartens me that younger fans still have that attitude sometimes.
schencka From: schencka Date: September 5th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

re dylan

Oh, man, Dylan creates lasting narratives of American culture, and he knows it. Think of the scope of his songs -- the only area others may have covered better is the abuse of women, i.e. "Rape Me," Kurt Cobain, along with Cobain's coverage of angst/anguish, and maybe Leonard Cohen's mix of religious thematics mixed with basal instinct: war, sex. One can use thinking of Dylan's strengths as a sort of Rosetta stone that leads to the rest of our best songwriters. My favorite Dylan is the harried rock star father/husband.

I'm a Dylanite, have been since 2000. Need to find my copy of the solo "Tangled Up in Blue" from the outtakes volume 2.

How's the book on punk? I wonder if the history of narrative form in folk song, and how it creates narrative structures in other musical genres (punk, classic rock, disco, pop, etc.) could be written, or has been written.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 5th, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: re dylan

It really excites me how many people I meet of your generation, roughly, who are into Dylan. That seems significant and reason to retain hope in the face of all sorts of trouble in the business of musical pleasure.

My book is not about folk or Dylan, obviously, but there's some connection there. My mother was a folkie. And I got into popular music at the moment when punk started to make the news.
masoo From: masoo Date: September 5th, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
How does it feel? Well, in the case of this thread, I feel very old :-). I bought the new Dylan last week, but I also bought Bringing It All Back Home (one of my very first self-purchased albums) and Highway 61 Revisited when they first came out.

"Like a Rolling Stone" is similar to "God Save the Queen" in the way it inspires positive singing along even though what is being sung would seem to be less than positive. "How does it feel, to be without a home, like a complete unknown" ... kinda depressing when heard alone, but sung with a group of like-minded folks, it becomes a celebration of finding each other. "No future, no future, no future" is the same ... the joy that comes from singing along ultimately gives the lie to the nihilism.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 5th, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, man. To have been there then is pretty awe-inspiring. I mean, it makes sense, but it still feels epic.

And your comparison to the Sex Pistols is very apt indeed. I never thought of the connection before, but had made another, oddly related, one this morning when I realized what the Buzzcocks have in common with Dylan: a refusal to acknowledge the primacy of the original over the copy.
From: catfishvegas Date: September 5th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Like a Rolling Stone is also an amazing study of the role that good fortune or fate or whatever plays in such huge cultural moments.
There's Al Kooper weaseling his way over to the organ because nobody stopped him... an earlier version (on the Bootleg series) has Dylan playing it as a piano waltz...
We'll never know exactly how different that song could have ultimately been, but the recorded version is absolutely perfect.
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