You know your audience, especially as you grow older. Who will
listen to your singing, if not the ones who grew up listening and
singing along with your songs. I was so proud of my copy of the
February and March combination of “AARP Magazine.” I am
one who studies the cover, reveling in another famous face being
on the cover. This one has Bob Dylan. He expressly called and
asked to be interviewed saying he wanted to make this his ONLY
magazine interview of his newest album, (oldest song choices.)
Bob Dylan looks intensely inside the magazine with deep blue
glowing and warm eyes. He doesn’t seem as old when you see
him in the photographs. The interviewer chosen for this special
time spent together talking, asking and answering questions is
Robert Love. This special assignment was one he will remember
for the rest of his life, an “exclusive” no one else is going to get.
At 73 years old, he is only a little over a dozen years older than
I am. With his sunglasses on, you may not expect him to have
such clear eyes. Those piercing blue, “bedroom eyes” on page
28 of the magazine will stop you in your tracks, man or woman
as the viewer. He was born to be a balladeer and storyteller,
through his ability to sing, connect with people and last through
all these years, coming to one of his Grand Finales.
Haunting, lyrical, beautiful and classical. Everyone sings some of
the old songs, ones our parents knew and sang. Tony Bennett
captured Lady Gaga, making her his Queen or Princess over the
course of their recording sessions.
The songs Bob Dylan has chosen are only Ten in number. I will
get this album and listen to it, believing in his ability to carry
First, let’s listen to Bob Dylan’s own personal list of favorite singers
and musicians. Well, he added other people he respects for their
contributions to the world:
1. Frank Sinatra
2. Irving Berlin
3. Jimmie Rodgers
4. Billy Graham (for his ability to fill great stadiums and preach it,
along with Bob Dylan saying he feels, “Amazing Grace” is one of
his favorite songs of all time.)
5. Chuck Berry
7. Johnny Mercer
8. Mavis Staples
9. Nancy Sinatra
Of his own favorites he has sung, Bob Dylan claims the best he ever
sang and ‘worthy of being considered someday a classic’ is:
1997’s “Love Sick,” which won three Grammy Awards, including
“Album of the Year” for “Time Out of Mind.”
Why is it magnificent? (My word, not the interviewer’s.)
He answers this, “The center theme is given as ‘it’s not dark yet, but
it’s getting there.'”
This is deep, you may wish t0 think about why the world is getting
darker. He went on to tell Robert Love if there were any other
profession he would have chosen to go into it would have been
to ‘do it all over again as. . .’
“A school teacher of Roman history or theology.”
Did you know that Darius Rucker sang a song Bob Dylan began and
had written most of the lyrics of? This old song, “Wagon Wheel,”
was completed by “The Old Crow Medicine Show” team of writers.
Here is Bob Dylan’s songs from his newest album, “Shadows in the
Night.” These ten songs he considers Classic and Timeless. He calls
them clearly defined as part of the beloved American Songbook:
1. “I’m a Fool To Want You.”
2. “The Night We Called It a Day.”
3. “Stay with Me.”
4. “Autumn Leaves.”
5. “Why Try to Change Me Now.”
6. “Some Enchanted Evening.”
7. “Full Moon and Empty Arms.”
8. “Where Are You?”
9. “What’ll I Do?”
10. “That Lucky Old Sin.”
These song are ones you may have heard at your grandparents, you
may have heard on your parents’ stereo or maybe in your dreams.
I have heard almost all of these, know the lyrics and can sing along
to the words, my parents used to listen to these on the radio, as
we traveled down the road to visit my grandparents or going to
my aunt and uncle’s house. There is one I have included in a post
before. (“Some Enchanted Evening” from the musical, “South
Pacific.”) They may not be recognizable by their titles, but the
first notes will “call” to your soul, your heart or bring back a
Bob Dylan has written over the years, “dozens” of songs that
were made famous and performed by other artists. Here’s
just a few:
“You Ain’t Going Nowhere,” performed by The Byrds.
“The Mighty Quinn,” by Manfred Mann.
“I Shall Be Released,” by The Band.
I have never been to a Bob Dylan concert. For this, I am sad.
If you wish to read an intelligent man’s thoughts, listen to him
describe his roots and childhood, you will want to read more.
He is very articulate, descriptive and emotional. I felt like Bob
Dylan, himself, was sharing a pot of coffee with me and talking
directly with me! How smart and creative was Dylan? Well,
imagine this. . .
Bob Dylan has written, sung and performed all of these songs
before the age of 25!
~ “Blowin’ in the Wind,” (written in 1962, released in 1963 on
“Freewheeling Bob Dylan,” album.
~ “Mr. Tambourine Man,”
~ “Like a Rolling Stone.”
Speaking of “Rolling Stone,” I will tell you I have read their
magazine over many years. They have captured sides and
dimensions of Bob Dylan. You may wish to read their past
interviews to find out more about him, but this older and
wiser sounding Bob Dylan, in the “AARP Magazine” which
is Feb./March edition, is wondrous in its surprises, ones I
have left for you to find, ponder on and treasure.
Quick perceptions which I have not totally given yet to you
from my perspective. Bob Dylan is…
a. One of my favorite Legendary Singers.
d. One of his famous appearances, winning a Presidential
Honor Award, he walked around the room, greeted others
who were so excited he was there (other honorees), shook
hands, completed the ceremony then politely and quietly
To read the actual interview, the words Robert Love chose to
describe and the questions he asked and talked with Bob Dylan,
check the complete article on:
Did anyone ever get a chance to see his own personal gypsy
caravan? Did anyone ever see the Rolling Thunder Revue, of
1975? This was immediately after he produced, “Blood on the
Do you know the stars that traveled around the country in this
fine group of musicians?
Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Roger McGuinn, T-Bone Burnett
and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott with Bob Dylan.
Would you please share your favorite Bob Dylan song?