Oh, man!!! Bob Dylan received the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, and I’m like, “WHOAAAA!”
This is a big deal for me because the first time I listened to the man, I knew that he was a poet, and I wondered when the day would come that song lyrics, his included, would be considered literature.
To my surprise (and expectations), the day has come, and when I heard the news, I literally, stopped what I was doing, and took a bow. Yes, I did, and I’m pretty sure every person who values words and lyrics, probably did the same thing too.
“When you ain’t got nothin, you got nothin to loose,” is one of my favorite lines of his.
And that’s not it. Check out the dude’s version of Knocking on Heaven’s Door. It’s all him, and there’s more…
Check out “The Times They Are a Changing,” a glorious tune that features just a guitar, his voice, and a breathy mouth organ (as my mother calls it).
Next in line is “Hurricane”, a song and history I recently discovered. Thank God for Mr. Dylan for this wonderful attribute to a great fighter.
Jeez! I can go on and on about Dylan and why he so deserves the Nobel Prize for Literature, but I’ll save that for my lit courses. In the mean time, you’ve got to check him out, especially if you’ve never heard of him before or have heard of him but have not done your own research or had your own private listening party of his works.