Yeh, i've known Bob Dylan for a long time. For a long time his name has been connected with Eric Clapton
, for me. I know now that there isn't really that much of a connection: but back when I was a kid, my dad used to listen a lot to Bob Dylan ánd Eric Clapton, so I formed this idea that they were musical twins.
The first Bob Dylan album i really heard was Time Out of Mind
. For a long time it was the only music I had from Dylan, and i did like it, but it never grew on my until about a year ago. Back then I also found some CD's my dad had lying about, and one of them was The Bootleg Series, Volume 4: Live 1966: The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert (disc 1)
(well, both discs obviously, but it's the way the album is named in the database..).
This really blew me away.
I had no idea about it being a very controversial concert, or why people were booing at him all the time, all I knew was that i absolutely loved it. Songs like Desolation Row
, Visions of Johanna
, and more, in fact, about évery song, they just gave me the creeps. In a good way. (You know, when you hear music and you suddenly get this shiver?)
I started gathering more and more Dylan music, and as I speak, my collection is still growing. The man made so much music that it's really impossible to collect everything within a few months. And the more I got, the more I liked it. He just wrote a song about every way I ever felt, and many ways I have never felt before.
On NYE i saw the 4-hour documentary No Direction Home, about his early years. And since then i've been listening to Bob Dylan almost non-stop. It's addicting. It's addicting, because there is so much to discover.
It's addicting because you can really interpret these songs.
It's also addicting because i actually pull it off to play some of his simpler songs on my own guitar - and since I can't even play guitar, this gives me much pleasure.
But MOST of all it's addicting because it's just very, very good music.
And the funny thing is i'll actually see him live this april.
So, to all of you this message: listen to Bob Dylan! Get Blonde on Blonde
, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
, Highway 61 Revisited
, and listen until you agree with me.
It won't take long.