There are many men in the history of music.
But there are only a few MEN.
Ladies, tomorrow’s yours.
One of the MEN is Robert Allen Zimmerman, aka Bob Dylan.
He has written a crazy number of songs. His songs have made him wealthy beyond anyone’s wildest dreams, but his songs not only are well-written, they speak to entire generations of listeners and fans. He moves people and that is powerful. Not that I am hot shit by any means, but I am a better singer than Bob Dylan.
No envy (penis or otherwise).
Just the facts.
Blowin’ in the Wind, The Times They are a Changin,’ Hurricane (which actually kind of rocked as I recall), and several others addressed social injustices of the times and the dude hasn’t flinched in all this time.
If you are playing guitar now, your acoustic influences might (should) include Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright.
I will be posting my version of the song in Monday’s blog.
Another of my favorites of his is Positively 4th Street. I grew up with that 45 on my turntable. Along with the Cowsills’ Hair, Lulu’s To Sir With Love, The Tremeloes’ Silence is Golden, and one of my all-time faves I Can’t Let Maggie Go by Honeybus.
Hell, throw in Thunderclap Newman’s Something in the Air, and we’re ready for our own version of Top of the Pops!
But make no mistake that MEN like Dylan affect the entire planet, so wide is their influence.
Me, not so much despite my edge in vocals.
I started early with Dylan’s music, playing Blowin’ in the Wind, Puff the Magic Dragon, Leaving on a Jet Plane, and other soft, sweet songs AWAY from my friends and our rock band Purple Mirror.
Come to find out, it wasn’t Bob Dylan’s song I liked, it was beautiful blonde girls. Mary Travers was her name and she sang contralto. She was the Mary of Peter Paul and Mary.
I should know.
I married a beautiful blonde girl.
Unfortunately, Mary has passed, but Peter, Paul, and Mary’s music lives on and they remain one of the seminal folk groups in American music history.
They had great commercial success with Blowin in the Wind written by Bob Dylan.
There once was a time when I could finger-pick Don’t Think Twice perfectly nine out of ten times. Now, other factors such as THC level must be factored in, so my percentage drops to about four out of ten.
Speaking about men is an easier conversation, but I will cover the WOMEN in tomorrow’s blog.
When you bring up the conversation about men, you can not turn your head on the gay perspective.
I am on record as being married now approaching 34 years and have NEVER tried homosexuality.
I am also on record as doing some pretty crazy things in my life, so how do I absolutely, positively, with NO doubts whatsoever, KNOW COMPLETELY with 100% certainty, that I am NOT gay?
Because if I were, I would have figured out a way to blow George Michael in the loo in his prime.