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Posted By: Big Tim
26-May-06 - 02:23 PM
Thread Name: Happy 65th Bob Dylan
Subject: RE: Happy 65th Bob Dylan
I was listening to "I and I" in the car today, not one of his best- known songs, and from a so-called "down/low" period (1983), but it's brilliant. Nobody else could possibly have imagined, let alone written this song. It's up there with the very best - and that is saying something.                                                   

As Dave Van Ronk said in his book, quoting from memory, "To be Bob Dylan, you have to write 'Hard Rain', the first time".

Even a "throwaway" song like "Neighbourhod Bully" (leaving aside politics, please),nobody else could have written.

"Talent" isn't the word, "genius" is, IMO.

I wish I could be around in 500 years time to hear the verdict. Meantime, he's the best I've heard.

Happy 65th Bob.