the Times They Are a-Changin for me and Bob Dylan - a Favorite Singer
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Bob Dylan's lyrics surely affected my life
with my initiial exposure to his sound. My brothers were ahead of me in grasping onto the movement. Me, I was happy to continue to cross at the crosswalks, but not for so long after that day. We had begun to question the wisdom of war, our parents having defined themselves so much by World War II and then on into the Korean War. This novel singer prodded us to examine how far we wanted to follow along the traditional path of war and domination in the world in which our nation was so powerful.
Since then I've carried a mental
image of this man who broke the mold and sing-songie spoke the words of my generation. To so many of our parents Bob Dylan was a Pied Piper with guitar, whos lassoed their kids' consciences with one song after another. But our parents only wanted to pull back tighter into the grand new experiment of Consumerism which was just at the beginnings of its exploitation.
In our home we celebrated each new innovation that seemed to make our mom's life easier, and reduced the amount of work we needed to do around the house. Mom and Dad were only too happy to leave drudgery behind them, keeping only the glorified lore of their mining heritage, and their collective belief that if we're going to do jobs at home or anywhere, we should do them well. They were both innovators of their own sort, but they didn't know what to make of all this rebellion stuff.
Dylan's songs were more than a consciousness
raising experience for the youth; the exposure to the man from Minnesota bumped the anti-conformity meter to a higher level of sensitivity, and wedged an ever larger growing gap between adults and youth. No longer did all our pals necessarily want to emulate their parents. At first glance that meant rejection, the parents were not receiving adulation from their kids so much as feeling an alienation. Why, they often wondered, did their kids challenge the values they sacrificed so much for during those long years of war? If they hadn't actually been in one or both wars they had at least suffered from the accompanying rationing.
College became optional or at least
the traditional study lines were challenged. Campuses were rapidly changing, faster than elders could comprehend, and youth were truly on the rise. Flower People and Anti-War Protesters turned on and tuned out with unfettered drug induced experiences. And everywhere the tunes of Bob Dylan and folk singers of the generation led the Hippies on a march that shows every sign of rebirth today, with the production that spans six decades of song.
We can hear not only his concerts, and studio performances, but also songs created for movies, and many more previously excluded from albums. A careful, or even a casual, listen is sure to connect with those who hear their experiences presented in novel ways, and the included book presents unexpected information, to round out Dylan's story.
I honestly don't remember my introduction to Judy Collins, but her sound was early on imprinted on my mind.