by Robert Wilkinson
On May 24 we celebrate the birthday of America's Poet Laureate, the amazing Bob Dylan.
I've written a lot about this American Original in the past three birthday posts, so if you don't know who he is, or how this major force of nature came to be one of the pre-eminent poets of the past 50 years, check out those posts, which I've included here. Regardless of the kerfluffle around Joni Mitchell's putdown, he's still a Bard for the Ages.
Rather than reinvent the wheel, I figured I'd reprint last year's birthday article since it links to all kinds of great videos!
Here's the link to Bob Dylan's 2007 birthday with links to videos of "Thunder on the Mountain," "When the Deal Goes Down," "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," "When the Night Comes Falling From the Sky," and "Subterranean Homesick Blues."
If you want to know more about the man, here's Bob Dylan's 2008 birthday. Here's the post I did last year with lyrics and audio tracks on Forever Young and Love Minus Zero No Limits, two of my favorite Bob Dylan love songs.
Here's a site that claims to have 16 Dylan videos, including "Blood In My Eyes," "Just Like A Woman," "Most Likely You Go Your Way," "My Back Pages," "The Times They Are A-Changin'," and "Things Have Changed." It's also upfront about ads that will play before the videos, so we get to learn anew that patience is a virtue.
On google videos we find major footage of Dylan's life, unreleased clips from D.A. Pennebaker's pioneering movie "Don't Look Back," and videos from quite a few amazing performances.
So if you're inclined, join the party, and send up a prayer of thanks to the man who wrote "May God bless and keep you always, May your wishes all come true, May you always do for others, And let others do for you. May you build a ladder to the stars, And climb on every rung, May you stay forever young..."
Thanks, Lucky, for the tunes throughout the ages. Sorry Nelson and Lefty have left the building. May you stay forever young, and have many, many more birthdays in the years to come.
Copyright © 2010 Robert Wilkinson