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Bob Dylan in Five Songs...

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by arthurprecarious, Aug 14, 2018.

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  1. arthurprecarious

    arthurprecarious Forum Resident Thread Starter

    North East England
    A friend of mine asked me to write something about Dylan and what makes him great for his blog. Trick was I had to do it through five songs. These aren't necessarily my favourite Dylan songs I just wanted to highlight certain aspects. See what you all think....

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  2. Beaneydave

    Beaneydave Forum Resident

    Very nice piece of writing “ Arthur”
    Picking just 5 songs is not easy.
    I doubt anyone on here would pick the same five!
    I’ll give it some thought and report back.

    peace and love✌Dave
  3. Socalguy

    Socalguy Forum Resident

    Very well said. I think you nailed it.
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  4. Psychedelic Good Trip

    Psychedelic Good Trip Senior Member

    New York

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  5. Beaneydave

    Beaneydave Forum Resident

    Picking 5 songs to give a flavour of Dylan to the uninitiated, very hard but here’s mine ( today anyway)
    Desolation Row
    4th Time Around
    The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar
    Idiot Wind
    Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again

    peace and love✌Dave
  6. Doctor Jimmy

    Doctor Jimmy Forum Resident

    South Korea
    It's impossible to pick just 5 songs, but I think Visions of Johanna and Tangled Up in Blue should be in that list.
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  7. My choice would be:

    Blowin' In The Wind
    Mr Tambourine Man
    Like A Rolling Stone
    Visions Of Johanna
    All Along The Watchtower
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  8. CCrider92

    CCrider92 Forum Resident

    Cape Cod, MA
    Blowin' In The Wind
    The Times They Are a-Changin'
    Chimes Of Freedom
    Mr. Tambourine Man
    Like A Rolling Stone
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  9. gkella

    gkella Let there be songs to fill the air

    Toronto, Canada
    Blowin’ In The Wind
    Times They Are A Changin’
    Mr. Tambourine Man
    Like A Rolling Stone
    Every Grain Of Sand
  10. JPJs Bass Guitar

    JPJs Bass Guitar Forum Resident

    Glasgow, UK
    Impossible to do, and I'd quite easily list another 5 lists of 5 but here's what I feel is a good representation for now ..

    Masters Of War (topical / social Bob)
    Desolation Row (60's surrealist Bob)
    The Ballad Of Frankie Lee & Judas Priest (enigmatic, back-to-basics Bob)
    Abandoned Love (largely unknown, incredible Bob)
    Not Dark Yet (mortal Bob)
  11. windfall

    windfall Senior Member

    as everyone has said, impossible task! But as attempts at impossible tasks go, this is an admirable one :) Nice piece of writing
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  12. DirkM

    DirkM Forum Resident

    MA, USA
    Dylan the storyteller: Tangled Up In Blue
    Dylan the dreamweaver: She's Your Lover Now (piano version)
    Dylan the romantic: My One & Only Love
    Dylan when he's angry: Idiot Wind (Hard Rain version)
    Dylan when he's feeling spiritual/introspective: Red River Shore

    Why a cover? Because covers have long been a critical component of the Dylan story, particularly if you're a collector of his live material. Why no "protest" material? Because Bob's always at his best when he's singing about personal, or spiritual, or philisophical matters.
  13. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Terrific. I enjoyed that...thanks very much.

    I thought you might have gone with Every Grain of Sand, but I Believe in You was quite the inspired pick!
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  14. Thomas Casagranda

    Thomas Casagranda Forum Resident

    Dylan in five songs, ok:

    I Believe In You - Is it sung to a higher power, or to a woman ? Even in his born-again phase, he creates an enigma.

    Not Dark Yet - The best song about growing old, written in late middle-age, and with a wealth of experience behind him.

    I&I - All about looking for a relationship for all the right reasons, plus some amazing biblical imagery when wanting to get to know someone in the biblical sense.

    What Was It You Wanted ? - What's the answer to such an enigmatic question.

    Restless Farewell - Sums up the wondering minstrel, travelling on, always creating, and always moving like Dylan himself.
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  15. rmath84

    rmath84 Forum Resident

    Many mornings I find myself saying "Oh Mama Can this Really be the End?" so Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again is on my list.
  16. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    that is excellent!
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  17. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Desolation Row
    The Ballad Of Frankie Lee & Judas Priest
    Just Like A Woman
    Positively 4th Street
    Percy's Song
  18. ndoheny

    ndoheny Forum Resident

    Sacramento, Ca
    Not sure I can even try to pick 5 songs but if
    It's All Over Now Baby Blue isn't one of them then not sure I'm listening. Hopefully any new converts will have the same glee Donovan had on his face when Dylan played it in Don't Look Back.
  19. Minorityshareholder

    Minorityshareholder Forum Resident

    Dublin, Ireland
    Mr Tambourine Man
    Like a Rolling Stone
    Tangled Up in Blue
    Series of Dreams
    Girl from the Red River Shore
  20. Dylancat

    Dylancat Forum Resident

    Cincinnati, OH
    Nice bit of writing.
    (Very hard to encapsulate with such restrictions...but well done.)
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