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Thread #75651   Message #1335254
Posted By: PoppaGator
22-Nov-04 - 10:26 AM
Thread Name: Dylan: Rock Legend, Maybe Folk Legend?
Subject: RE: Dylan: Rock Legend, Maybe Folk Legend?
I've always sung a lot of Dylan songs, but (unlike many other wannabes I've witnessed over the years) never tried to imitate Bob at all. My voice may not be the world's most beautiful, but like almost anyone's, it's probably a bit more conventionally appealing than Bob's.

Also, I never learned to play harmonica well enough to meet my own standards, and although I owned a rack at one time, I never put it to use in performance. So I never "imitated" that element of Bob's presentation.

After the release of "Big Pink," I'm sure I began making an unconsicous effort to sound like Danko, Levon, and/or Robbie when singing Dylan songs -- even the earliest pre-Band songs. Their approach was pretty close to the way I always wanted to hear that music anyway, and my versions of their interpretations came pretty natural.