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Posted By: bobad
24-May-06 - 07:52 PM
Thread Name: Happy 65th Bob Dylan
Subject: RE: Happy 65th Bob Dylan
I would like to add my birthday wishes to Bob for acquiring the distinguished status of senior citizen, may you wear it with pride and grace and remain forever young. You have been an inspiration to me since I was a high school student and would haul my Dylan records to teenage, suburban, basement playroom, Friday night parties and exhort my fellow partiers with "you've got to listen to the words, man." Needless to say this was not terribly popular, as records such as "The Times They Are A-Changing" were not exactly your Friday night party dance-and-make-out music.

As far as the comments about his singing go, I recently heard a university music professor discuss this very issue on an NPR radio program. He said that Dylan's singing was spot on as far as hitting the notes and being on pitch goes and what people seem to dislike is the timbre of his voice which is what makes him sound the way he does and is a physical attribute that is not changeable. He always sounded good to me but then again I have a wooden ear.