Why I Love Bob Dylan.



I figured it would be a befitting time for me to write about my love and admiration for this great man. Bob Dylan. He has won a very prestigious award, the Nobel Prize for Literature, and I believe it to be a well deserved honour and a long time coming.

My dad was the one who passed on the love of this great poet and musician. There is just something magical about the way he strings his words together. His voice may be an “acquired taste”, but I enjoy as he brings his songs to life with his voice and many instruments. (The harmonica is one of my favourites).

I have seen Bob Dylan play live three times. And each one was a completely new experience. He has shaped generations with his songs. Stories about revolutions, war, love, yearning, and just life in general. He has written a song for everything, and you feel like you can really connect with the words.

Here are my top ten favourite Bob Dylan songs:

  1. Positively 4th Street
  2. All Along The Watchtower
  3. Forever Young
  4. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
  5. Subterranean Homesick Blues
  6. Desolation Row
  7. It Ain’t Me Babe
  8. It’s All Over Now Baby Blue
  9. Lay Lady Lay
  10. Every Grain Of Sand

I could go on, but I will leave it at this “short” list.

On my 18th Birthday my father decided to pass on his collection of Bob Dylan vinyls. All of them originals and first editions, and all of them now mine. I have developed quite the collection of Bob Dylan memorabilia over the years as well. I have a book, I cherish dearly, of poems and lyrics and other prose he wrote in the 70’s. It’s brilliant.

I decided to start writing poetry because of him as well. This soft spoken man has made a greater impact on this world than one may think. He encourages people to stop and think, question, and find answers and embrace the  fact that even YOU can bring change to this world.

Words are powerful. So Thank You Bob, for bringing your genius into the light. I am sure we will be able to enjoy it for many more years to come.


C.A. Gallinger


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