BOB DYLAN ! Seven Shiny Diamonds…

Music is my life and vice versa but I’m not the ‘he/she is my hero’ type, probably because there are some many artists out there who made amazing songs to soundtrack my life and are all special and precious each one of them. From The Rolling Stones (yesterday) to Wolf Alice (today) and a couple of thousand famous, less famous and forgotten names in between. From rock to punk, from pop to singer/songwriters and all other genres that make my body move and touch my soul. To pick one out would mean he/she is better than all the rest which is a bit of a stupid idea and most of all I want to leave my ears open for just anybody who can thrill me magically with his/her music/lyrics.


But (you saw that ‘but’ coming, I guess) Bob Dylan comes really close to be a hero of mine. He’s a living legend. His catalogue is impressive, the amount of timeless songs is monumental. The world troubadour means the past and the present and all the years in between, to me. I’ve made selections of other artists before and I pick never more than seven. Also for Dylan I just wrote the first seven tracks down that came up into my mind and made a playlist on Spotify. Here are the pearls…

1/ ‘She Belongs To Me’
His sparkling love song for Joan Baez…
‘She never stumbles / She’s got no place to fall’
Album: Bring It All back Home (1965)

2/ ‘Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues’
Vintage ramshackle blues and vintage Dylan phrasing
‘She takes your voice / And leaves you howling at the moon’
Album: Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

3/ ‘I Want You’
Catchy as hell and one of his many songs with a whole cast of weird characters passing by.
‘I wasn’t born to lose you / I want you, I want you / I want you so bad’
Album: ‘Blonde On Blonde (1966)

4/ ‘Sara’
The womanizer’s only real love was Sara Lownds…
‘Glamorous nymph with an arrow and bow / Don’t ever leave me, don’t ever go’
Album: Desire (1976)

5/ ‘Tangled Up In Blue’
Dylan’s heartbreak album after Sara divorced him…
‘We always did feel the same / We just saw it from a different point of view /
Tangled up in blue’

Album: Blood On The Tracks (1975)

6/ ‘Not Dark Yet’
The most captivating song I’ve ever heard about growing old…
‘I can’t even remember what it was I came here to get away from’
Album: Time Out Of Mind (1997)

7/’Series Of Dreams’
One of his most haunting performances and therefore incomprehensible that this diamond was not included on ‘Oh Mercy’, the 1989 album it was actually written for …
‘There’s no exit in any direction / ’Cept the one that you can’t see with your eyes’
Album: ‘The Bootleg Series, Vol 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991’ (1991)

I just can not resist to add a very special track as a bonus to this selection. It’s the title song of his 2012 Tempest album…

8/ ‘Tempest’
At nearly 14 minutes the song is just epic. 45 verses. No chorus ! It’s about the sinking of the Titanic, set to an Irish melody with accordion and fiddle. It feels and sounds like one long karma…
Passengers were flying / Backward, forward, far and fast / They mumbled, fumbled, and tumbled / Each one more weary than the last
Album: Tempest

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