Saturday, May 24, 2008

forever young

today is robert allen zimmerman's birthday - we know him as bob dylan. bob is celebrating his 67th birthday today. man, I must be getting old if bob dylan is 67!

2008 has been a good year, earlier this year bob won a pulitzer prize.
A Special Citation to Bob Dylan for his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.
from the biographical blurb on the pulitzer website, I got a kick out of this:
Avocations/Research/Interests: Achievements include devising and popularizing folk-rock.
for the last few days I've been leading up to bob's bd highlighting a few of his songs in the post titles. bob has written hundreds of songs - the mouse could have a bob song as a post title every day for years! geez there's an idea.

yesterday, ched, my guru on all things fragrant and bob, shared that when she was a kid her favorite dylan song was stuck inside of mobile with the memphis blues again

ched's reply to my question about what song to highlight today, started me thinking about of favorite dylan songs. I seem to have a more than a few.

so here's a challenge mouse readers - what are your favorite dylan songs? ma said it's alright to share.... post a comment, a simple list will do -- but if you feel like waxing on as to why, feel free!

happy birthday bob - many there be many, many more good years ahead!

bob singing forever young on the david letterman show in 1993

photo: bob's stand at the richard lenoir market, paris 2007


Reya Mellicker said...

I can't name even five favorite Dylan songs. They're all so good, and enduring, too. They never get old.

He's a genius. Hope he celebrates 67.

Bobby D. said...

Like a Rolling Stone and Series of Dreams always cheer me up.

Idiot Wind is fantastic, Subterranean Homesick Blues is also.

My Back Pages--absolutely amazing-- Loved it when I was 12, (but I was so much older then) love it now.

Catfish, Every song on the Cd "Time out of Mind"

His songs are true.
and it's the truth of them that makes me love them so much

dennis said...

Dennis likes the Food Shrine you erected to honor Bob. Food shrines are great! Dennis wants one! Dennis will help dismantle all food shrines.

Dennis likes the love songs, Sad Eyed lady of the Lowlands, Love minus Zero, No Limit, and all of the songs on the New Morning CD best. Dennis like the Scarlett Johanson video of Bob's Modern Times song too (Youtube has it it is pretty and perfect to watch this holiday weekend)

mzjohansen said...

Uhoh! I remember seeing him play at a small club in the East Village. That must mean I am getting to be older than i ever tought I would be !

Fred said...

The Ched U Eyeball Song & Dance troupe chose "When the Ship Comes In" as the school song. Another classic bob tune.

Bobby D. said...

It looks like a Bob shower curtain.

last year i sort of made Bob cupcakes ... see?

tut-tut said...

My mother was quite a coolio, and had all of Bob's early records in the 60s . . . so many of them flow through my head.

Steve Reed said...

I love Joan Baez's recording of "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall," and I love many other BD songs...I could never name them all. (I must confess I tend to like them sung by other people, though.)

Unknown said...

I had to play the song. From my crappy notebook speakers it sounded so much like my first stereo. I remember the album Bringing It All Back Home was so worn that we had to pile coins on the stereo arm.
My favourite song of all time, well one of them, is Desolation Row.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

before reading anyone's comments I listed my top ten.

reya - i know what you mean - but I forced myself.

ched - ah I totally agree about time out of mind!

dennis - I like food shrines too!

z - we've see bob a few times but never in such a venue - WOW

tut - excellent to be raised on bob!

steve - last night f and I went on a binge listening and watching all sorts of folks doing 'all along the watchtower'.... was fun... youtube is magical!

michael - audio flashbacks are surreal....desolation row is powerful....

my favorite 10 at one point in time (totally fluid - in other words I expect tomorrow it may look a little different) in alphabetical order:
1) a hard rain's a gonna fall
2) all along the watchtower
3) blowing in the wind
4) highlands
5) hurricane
6) if not for you
7) joey
8) mozambique
9) shelter from the storm
10) simple twist of fate

jude said...

he is my all time fav, i am listening tohis new stuff, don't even know the titles yet. a genius. simple as that.

Unknown said...

I've been obsessed with "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall" for the last year or so. "Only a Pawn in Their Game" changed my consciousness back when I was young. "Subterranean Homesick Blues" is the Bob song I'd most like to learn to play. The list goes on and on. A great artist.