‘Spotlight on a Song’
Good morning music lovers. Seems Fall has moved into the PNW this week. In a blink. I love the clouds, the temperateness; even the rain. Brings back all the green in the beautiful Emerald City.
As I’ve been back in the studio recording my songs I’m working on for my next record, I have taken a lot of time to study music of the past. Sounds and recordings of what I love and want to emulate in some way through my music. Challenging to say the least. But all great artists have been influenced by others.
Today’s artist is an important one. He’s influenced so many. Least of all me. I saw a great film this summer where his influence was the entire premise of the movie too! He’s everywhere and most prominently running through my bloodstream these days.
Bob Dylan. Born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota. Dylan’s lyrics have incorporated various political, social, philosophical, and literary influences. They defied existing pop music conventions and appealed to the flourishing counterculture. Dylan states it so eloquently: “The thing about rock’n’roll is that for me anyway, it wasn’t enough… There were great catch-phrases and driving pulse rhythms… but the songs weren’t serious or didn’t reflect life in a realistic way. I knew that when I got into folk music, it was more of a serious type of thing. The songs are filled with more despair, more sadness, more triumph, more faith in the supernatural, much deeper feelings.” Oh Bob…….be still my heart! Not sure I could say it any better than that music fans. Because that is exactly how I feel about songs and song writing.
I have recently immersed myself in his music. Especially ‘Nashville’. And ‘Desire’. These are records that will shake you to your core if you listen closely.
This song is one of his greats from the record. Recorded and engraved in history; and in my soul. Enjoy!
Strum a little….