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(Salon)   We must reconsider Bob Dylan's Christian period   ( salon.com) divider line
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2017-11-04 11:50:17 PM  
Must we?
 
2017-11-05 01:43:33 AM  
No.
 
2017-11-05 01:53:54 AM  
Or reconsider how he got away with writing gibberish lyrics for decades.
 
2017-11-05 01:55:04 AM  
I suppose the Christians had to get something back for all of the gospel singers who switched over to soul.
 
2017-11-05 02:47:54 AM  
Yet no one gets on George Harrison*

I see no big deal in any of it.  I consider myself agnostic, but fark if I know what created this whole mess...

*Actually they did at at times I think- all before I was born
 
2017-11-05 03:15:43 AM  
Overrated trash. That was his best song.
 
2017-11-05 03:50:20 AM  
I read that headline as "Christmas period" three times. I thought "well, the only think worse than that man's voice squeeze-boxing through a song is doing it to Christmas tunes."

The man has a way with words, but a horrific "voice"
 
2017-11-05 04:10:36 AM  

bobug: I read that headline as "Christmas period" three times. I thought "well, the only think worse than that man's voice squeeze-boxing through a song is doing it to Christmas tunes."

The man has a way with words, but a horrific "voice"


You asked for this.

Bob Dylan - Must Be Santa (Video)
Youtube a8qE6WQmNus
 
2017-11-05 04:22:04 AM  

holdmybones: bobug: I read that headline as "Christmas period" three times. I thought "well, the only think worse than that man's voice squeeze-boxing through a song is doing it to Christmas tunes."

The man has a way with words, but a horrific "voice"

You asked for this.

[YouTube video]


You already broke me. There's no need to be cruel and unusual :)
 
2017-11-05 06:11:52 AM  
Nothing on "Slow Train Coming" is as bad as "Wiggle Wiggle", but that's a low bar to clear.

"Gotta Serve Somebody" is a pretty good song.
 
2017-11-05 06:27:53 AM  

Strongbeerrules: Or reconsider how he got away with writing gibberish lyrics for decades.


This - 90% of Dylan's vast body of work is crap to some degree or other. He produced about a half dozen albums of blinding, cosmic genius, and they more than justify the existence of all the crap - but yeah, most of it is crap.
Crap or no crap, he is still one of the true greats of 20th century music.
 
2017-11-05 07:28:59 AM  
Supposedly, the seed of this turn was planted in Dylan by a woman he was living with at the time who became born again and told him about her faith. The depth of her commitment to Christ inspired a similar quest in him. He would sing about her in the song "Precious Angel."

Make your own joke so I don't get reported.
 
2017-11-05 08:45:10 AM  
His Christian period? I know with their bar mitzvah, young Jews become a man at thirteen...with his Christian period, did he become a young woman?  If so, okay, let's discuss.
 
2017-11-05 08:58:06 AM  
I need cue cards to dylan.
 
2017-11-05 09:18:33 AM  
Not as good as his church-burning pagan period
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2017-11-05 10:07:44 AM  

holdmybones: bobug: I read that headline as "Christmas period" three times. I thought "well, the only think worse than that man's voice squeeze-boxing through a song is doing it to Christmas tunes."

The man has a way with words, but a horrific "voice"

You asked for this.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/a8qE6WQm​Nus]


And you actually picked the best song on that album (or should I say least horrible).  That being said his Christian period is not my favorite but there are some absolute gems to be found there.  I would put "Every Grain Of Sand" among my favorite of all his songs.  "In the Garden", "Saved", "Slow Train Coming" are all great songs and have some amazing live versions.
 
2017-11-05 10:31:35 AM  

holdmybones: bobug: I read that headline as "Christmas period" three times. I thought "well, the only think worse than that man's voice squeeze-boxing through a song is doing it to Christmas tunes."

The man has a way with words, but a horrific "voice"

You asked for this.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/a8qE6WQm​Nus]


I brought that album into work on November 1st; a coworker and I were playing Christmas music all day. We're lucky we weren't killed.
 
2017-11-05 10:41:33 AM  

upndn: I need cue cards to dylan.


Gotcha covered...

Bob Dylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues
Youtube MGxjIBEZvx0
 
2017-11-05 11:52:54 AM  

There are some who call me Tim: holdmybones: bobug: I read that headline as "Christmas period" three times. I thought "well, the only think worse than that man's voice squeeze-boxing through a song is doing it to Christmas tunes."

The man has a way with words, but a horrific "voice"

You asked for this.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/a8qE6WQm​Nus]

And you actually picked the best song on that album (or should I say least horrible).  That being said his Christian period is not my favorite but there are some absolute gems to be found there.  I would put "Every Grain Of Sand" among my favorite of all his songs.  "In the Garden", "Saved", "Slow Train Coming" are all great songs and have some amazing live versions.


This.
Mark Knopfler and the Muscle Shoals Horns are among the great musicians on that album.

I saw Dylan in concert during that period. Eventually half of the audience walked out, starting when he announced he would be doing no songs referencing drugs or sex. That's a lot of great songs! We didn't leave, and it really was a good concert. I've seen him plenty of times, and that was one of the rare times he enunciated the words on every song.
 
2017-11-05 12:16:14 PM  

lindalouwho: There are some who call me Tim: holdmybones: bobug: I read that headline as "Christmas period" three times. I thought "well, the only think worse than that man's voice squeeze-boxing through a song is doing it to Christmas tunes."

The man has a way with words, but a horrific "voice"

You asked for this.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/a8qE6WQm​Nus]

And you actually picked the best song on that album (or should I say least horrible).  That being said his Christian period is not my favorite but there are some absolute gems to be found there.  I would put "Every Grain Of Sand" among my favorite of all his songs.  "In the Garden", "Saved", "Slow Train Coming" are all great songs and have some amazing live versions.

This.
Mark Knopfler and the Muscle Shoals Horns are among the great musicians on that album.

I saw Dylan in concert during that period. Eventually half of the audience walked out, starting when he announced he would be doing no songs referencing drugs or sex. That's a lot of great songs! We didn't leave, and it really was a good concert. I've seen him plenty of times, and that was one of the rare times he enunciated the words on every song.


Dylan in the 2000's was the only concert I've ever walked out on.  Not counting festivals, where you're apt to wander around until you find someone playing some good, interesting stuff.
 
2017-11-05 12:44:37 PM  
lindalouwho:
Mark Knopfler and the Muscle Shoals Horns are among the great musicians on that album.

I saw Dylan in concert during that period. Eventually half of the audience walked out, starting when he announced he would be doing no songs referencing drugs or sex. That's a lot of great songs! We didn't leave, and it really was a good concert. I've seen him plenty of times, and that was one of the rare times he enunciated the words on every song.


You hit the nail on the head, he sang with such passion on these tours (yeah, still not everyones cup of tea but to each his own).  I hadn't looked for these on youtube lately but this is a great example.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_N-_​F​c-cGY&index=6&list=RDckI8yNdY-8Y

I don't know who all the band members were on each of the tours however at least on several legs he had Fred Tackett on guitar, Jim Keltner on drums, Tim Drummond on bass and Spooner Oldham on keyboards.  Not exactly a group of hacks.  Glad to hear you didn't walk out, I would never have been able to live with myself had I known I did.
 
2017-11-05 01:34:00 PM  

downstairs: lindalouwho: There are some who call me Tim: holdmybones: bobug: I read that headline as "Christmas period" three times. I thought "well, the only think worse than that man's voice squeeze-boxing through a song is doing it to Christmas tunes."

The man has a way with words, but a horrific "voice"

You asked for this.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/a8qE6WQm​Nus]

And you actually picked the best song on that album (or should I say least horrible).  That being said his Christian period is not my favorite but there are some absolute gems to be found there.  I would put "Every Grain Of Sand" among my favorite of all his songs.  "In the Garden", "Saved", "Slow Train Coming" are all great songs and have some amazing live versions.

This.
Mark Knopfler and the Muscle Shoals Horns are among the great musicians on that album.

I saw Dylan in concert during that period. Eventually half of the audience walked out, starting when he announced he would be doing no songs referencing drugs or sex. That's a lot of great songs! We didn't leave, and it really was a good concert. I've seen him plenty of times, and that was one of the rare times he enunciated the words on every song.

Dylan in the 2000's was the only concert I've ever walked out on.  Not counting festivals, where you're apt to wander around until you find someone playing some good, interesting stuff.


I almost walked on him during one of his minor league ballpark tours. He was outperformed by John Melloncamp by a country mile. Willie Nelson also blew him away, which is less surprising.

And I say this as someone who usually doesn't mind his cantankerous performances.

I skipped a show at red rocks and later read that he only performed Sinatra tunes and had security hassle anyone taking pictures. Might be done seeing my favorite artist.
 
2017-11-05 02:22:31 PM  

lindalouwho: Eventually half of the audience walked out, starting when he announced he would be doing no songs referencing drugs or sex.


Same thing happened when I went to see Donnie & Marie Osmond.
 
2017-11-05 02:41:04 PM  

Spice Must Flow: lindalouwho: Eventually half of the audience walked out, starting when he announced he would be doing no songs referencing drugs or sex.

Same thing happened when I went to see Donnie & Marie Osmond.


Oh you!
 
2017-11-05 03:29:12 PM  
I have opinions about Bob Dylan that I think are insightful and accurate even though many might disagree.
 
2017-11-05 07:02:17 PM  
This had to be said.i.imgur.com
 
2017-11-05 08:59:32 PM  

Spice Must Flow: lindalouwho: Eventually half of the audience walked out, starting when he announced he would be doing no songs referencing drugs or sex.

Same thing happened when I went to see Donnie & Marie Osmond.


Likewise with Motley Crue.
 
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