Walked down after work on Thursday evening to the large arena that used to be called the Point. It was a short pilgrim walk to see and hear a sort of sacred relic. That’s meant in the kindest and most admiring way possible.
Saint Bob was in town.
In theological education we are always encouraging students to combine faith and worship with critical thinking. This post is going to err, unapologetically, on the side of uncritical adulation.
I’m not right over there with the Dylan fanatics to whom the great man never can put a foot wrong. But I do love the man and his music.
The arena was sold out. The show was 1 hr 50 and the set list was:
Dublin 11 May 2017
(intro) the foggy dew
Things Have Changed
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
Highway 61 Revisited
Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
Why Try to Change Me Now (Cy Coleman cover)
Pay in Blood
Melancholy Mood (Frank Sinatracover)
Stormy Weather (Harold Arlen cover)
Tangled Up in Blue
Early Roman Kings
Spirit on the Water
All or Nothing at All (Frank Sinatra cover)
Soon After Midnight
That Old Black Magic (Johnny Mercer cover)
Long and Wasted Years
Autumn Leaves (Yves Montand cover)
Blowin’ in the Wind
Ballad of a Thin Man
Dylan seems at peace. He’s having fun at 75. It was a deep pleasure to be in his company for a couple of hours and to hear those songs.
Not of course that he probably cares less (?) or that it needs the artificial exercise of a prize to somehow affirm true greatness 🙂
His catalogue is so rich there is always more to discover and fall in love with – my current one is the epic song ‘Tempest’ about the sinking of the Titanic from the 2012 Album of the same name (his 35th). For some reason I just love playing it for the last 14 minutes or so of a road trip … turned into a little ritual.
I had a birthday recently and was kindly given Tell Tale Signs by Bob Dylan. Series 8 of the Bootleg Series. Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006.
First time I’ve confessed this on the blog – but if I had to listen to one singer / songwriter for the rest of my life it would happily be the man from Minnesota. No competition.
The best song on the album? Red River Shore. A magnificent ballad, unreleased from Time out of Mind.
My internet sleuthing skills aren’t up to finding a version online to link to, so instead here’s an audio link to probably my favourite song by the bard, Brownsville Girl from the otherwise undistingushed Knocked Out Loaded album.
Includes a great line for blogging, teaching and writing…
“if there’s an original thought out there, I sure could use it now”
Not an obvious choice maybe, but if you don’t like it, you must be dead already.