May 24, 2016

Bob Dylan is 75. "How does it feeeeeeeeeeeeeel?"

If you are going to have a life, have a big, big life.

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
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young

Through this open world I'm about to ramble
Through ice and snow, sleet and rain
I'm about to ride that morning railroad
Perhaps I'll die on that train.

Bob Dylan's first TV appearance in 1963, roughly 2 months before his 22nd birthday. He appeared on WBC-TV, New York. The show was taped in March 1963 but didn’t air until May of that year.

The Never Ending Tour commenced on June 7, 1988, and Dylan has played roughly 100 dates a year for the entirety of the 1990s and 2000s—a heavier schedule than most performers who started out in the 1960s. By May 2013, Dylan and his band had played more than 2,500 shows.

"The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind...."

Get sick, get well
Hang around a ink well
Ring bell, hard to tell
If anything is goin’ to sell
Try hard, get barred
Get back, write braille
Get jailed, jump bail
Join the army, if you fail
Look out kid
You’re gonna get hit
But users, cheaters
Six-time losers
Hang around the theaters
Girl by the whirlpool
Lookin’ for a new fool
Don’t follow leaders
Watch the parkin’ meters....

You used to ride on a chrome horse with your diplomat
Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat
Ain't it hard when you discovered that
He really wasn't where it's at
After he took from you everything he could steal

How does it feel, how does it feel?
To have on your own, with no direction home
Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone....

And he's still working on the Never-Ending tour.

All the people we used to know
They’re an illusion to me now
Some are mathematicians
Some are carpenters’ wives
Don’t know how it all got started
I don’t know what they’re doin’ with their lives
But me, I’m still on the road
Headin’ for another joint
We always did feel the same
We just saw it from a different point of view
Tangled up in blue

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 24, 2016 9:51 AM
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Love, always.

Posted by: pbird at May 24, 2016 10:57 AM

Man should never have been allowed near a stage. Ok, he wrote a couple of songs but listening to him... Arrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggghhhhhhhh.

Posted by: Larry Geiger at May 24, 2016 11:40 AM

Well, I was certainly a fan, and wish him well.

Posted by: Will at May 24, 2016 12:30 PM

Saw the man 3 times in concert. Very much an artist of words, and a self-proclaimed song and dance man.

Never gives you what you want. Mostly what you need, however. Which is usually a kick in the rear.

Happy birthday, Bob.

Posted by: Casey Klahn at May 24, 2016 12:36 PM

I likes me some "Tangled Up in Blue" now and then.

Posted by: ghostsniper at May 24, 2016 1:28 PM

Red Rocks Colorado June 19th. No more need be said...

Posted by: rocdoctom at May 24, 2016 2:22 PM

"Blood on the Tracks" - the greatest R&R album - ever.

Posted by: Denny at May 24, 2016 6:49 PM

I just don't get him. Never have never will. Awful!

Posted by: Mhf at May 24, 2016 8:10 PM

My wife tells of a concert at the late, not-so-great Metrodome in Minneapolis. Dylan opened for the Rolling Stones. The acoustics in the concrete bowl topped by a Teflon tent were very bad. How bad? So bad, you could actually understand what Dylan was singing.

Posted by: Gordon at May 25, 2016 6:11 AM

Thank you, Gordon!

Posted by: Larry Geiger at May 26, 2016 6:16 AM

Thanks for putting together this collection of videos - I enjoy them!

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