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Old 08-14-2021, 04:24 PM   #203 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Marie Monday View Post
... and i think the whole Poet pedestal Dylan is put on overrates him (and is also unfair to him; he can't compete with a great poet but there are other things he has to offer)
Yes, that's a good point - but the label that Bob really hated was the whole "prophet of a new generation" stuff that was written about him in the mid 60s.

Originally Posted by Mucha na Dziko View Post

And here with Dylan's albums, all I can hear is him being "weaker at making music".
I'm not one of those purists, who'd say that Dylan's only good when he's 19-21 and acoustic.

Far from it.

It's that his albums/songs have (in my personal opinion) less vigor, less internal energy. They are more like "trying to play that one song, that was to hard for you until now".
And I just don't find joy in it.

And don't get me wrong: I really like the track "I contain multitudes". But that's the thing: I really love the track the was one of the main singles. And no the other way around.

It just doesn't feel to me like "The Dylan" I'm accustomed to.
Or something.

You know what...I've known many albums that came to me "right away", and also many of those that "came in time".
But I don't think there as a Dylan album after Oh Mercy, that actually managed to "come afer some time". It's truly just like he'd had burned out himself.

I can always be proved wrong on this field, though.
[If you have something, that you think could change my mind – then send it right away; I'm truly open here]
I agree, Mucha. When I talked about Bob's age, it was just to "let him off the hook" a little.
Even with Oh Mercy , I thought the first side was excellent, but the second side was a lot weaker - and the albums since have their moments, but have a lot of lesser material too.

With your high praise for Keith Richards in old age, I'd better check out the album you mention.

Originally Posted by DianneW View Post
Final Video...for now
Quite the most beautiful Bob Dylan song in my view......

Originally Posted by ribbons View Post
"When a man can rhyme 'kelp' with 'help' and cause your heart to lurch - that's poetry." - Sam Shepard (on "Sara")
Yep, you've ended up with one of his best, Dianne. My two favourite verses:-

I laid on a dune, I looked at the sky
When the children were babies and played on the beach.
You came up behind me, I saw you go by
You were always so close and still within reach.

I can still see them playin' with their pails in the sand
They run to the water their buckets to fill.
I can still see the shells fallin' out of their hands
As they follow each other back up the hill.
That so paints a picture in song!
"Am I enjoying this moment? I know of it and perhaps that is enough." - Sybille Bedford, 1953
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