Pointed threats, they bluff with scorn,
Suicide remarks are torn
From the fool’s gold mouthpiece, the hollow horn
Plays wasted words, proves to warn
That he not busy being born is busy dying
Happy 81st Birthday to the GREATEST Artist of Our Time.
Dylan has always been busy being born. At the age of 81 he will start his second leg of the 2022 “World Wide Tour” in Spokane, Washington on May 28, performing at peak levels, bringing awe & joy to those lucky enough to understand & participate.
If you’re a true “performing artist”, it’s hard to retire. You gotta be yourself to the end. And we all know that Zimmy will not back down.
Here @ borntolisten.com, alldylan.com & musicthisday.com we got about 2000 Bob Dylan posts alive. In this tribute I’ll try to give an overview & hopefully lead you [the reader] to material you might find interesting.
Chester Burton “Chet” Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001) was an American guitarist, occasional vocalist and record producer who, along with Owen Bradley, created the smoother country music style known as the Nashville sound, which expanded country’s appeal to adult pop music fans as well.
Atkins’ signature picking style was inspired by Merle Travis. Other major guitar influences were Django Reinhardt, George Barnes, Les Paul and later Jerry Reed. His trademark picking style and musicianship brought him admirers within and outside the country scene.
Bob Dylan Medley
Blowin’ in the Wind, I want you and Don’t think twice it’s alright.
Suddenly, Elvis had to be taken seriously because, suddenly, Elvis was taking the music seriously again. He was expressing his soul, which was plenty deep.
In The Ghetto:
From Elvis in Memphis is the ninth studio album by American rock and roll singer Elvis Presley, released on RCA Victor. The recording took place at American Sound Studio in Memphis in January and February 1969 under the direction of producer Chips Moman and with the backing of the house band, informally known as “The Memphis Boys”. A direct consequence of the success of Presley’s 1968 Christmas television special and its soundtrack, the recording marked the definite return of Presley to non-soundtrack albums after the completion of his movie contract with Paramount Pictures.
His [Bob Dylan] voice has been a bee buzzing around my ear since I can remember being conscious, It’s an unusual voice, not always soothing, sometimes nagging, but it reminds us of the possibilities for music and its place in the world.
-> Bono (July 1984 – published May 17, 2001)
Paul David Hewson (born 10 May 1960), known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, activist, philanthropist, venture capitalist, businessman, and actor. He is best known as the lead vocalist and primary lyricist of rock band U2.
Knockin on Heaven’s Door
Mama, take this badge off of me
I can’t use it anymore
It’s gettin’ dark, too dark for me to see
I feel like I’m knockin’ on heaven’s door
I married Isis on the fifth day of May
But I could not hold on to her very long
So I cut off my hair and I rode straight away
For the wild unknown country where I could not go wrong
[about Isis] Hm… Well, it’s kind of like a journey, you know, like sort of a journey type trip. I wrote that with another person and I think half the verses were mine and half the verses were his, and it just sort of ended up being what it was. I don’t really know too much in depth what it would mean.
-Bob Dylan (Rockline Interview, Hollywood, California – June 17, 1985)
Bob Dylan wrote good words, but the underrated thing about why he is one of the best, if not the best, songwriter is that his words always sounded good with his voice. He rapped them.
– Justin Vernon (2011)
Justin DeYarmond Edison Vernon (born April 30, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the primary songwriter and frontman of indie folk band Bon Iver.