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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Bob Dylan's Scheme

Nicholas Hill, on the Nonesuch radio program on WVBR this morning, played a bunch of Bob Dylan  - like, 3 hours of it - because, he said, it was Bob Dylan's birthday this week, and because "Bob Dylan is alive."

We like that. Tributes to the dead are necessary, but to the living are lovely.

Nicholas played some other artists covering Dylan material, and we realized nobody does his stuff as well as Bob Dylan himself. It's because Bob Dylan tries hard, in the right way.

Technically he is not so good, and he doesn't worry about that. All his performances are heartfelt, though, and indicate thinking.

He's not trying to make it good. He's trying to get it right.

Thanks to Bob Dylan for all his living, and to Nicholas Hill for nice hours of accolade.

Steve Burke
for Ithaca NY Blog

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