Rolling Stone’s current issue lists off the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time.” Bob Dylan was on the cover and my gut reaction was, “What? Bob Dylan wasn’t a good singer… I mean, he was good, but one of the 100 Greatest?”
Then I read this from the explanation as to his 7th place ranking (written by Bono):
Bob Dylan did what very, very few singers ever do. He changed popular singing. And we have been living in a world shaped by Dylan’s singing ever since. Almost no one sings like Elvis Presley anymore. Hundreds try to sing like Dylan. When Sam Cooke played Dylan for the young Bobby Womack, Womack said he didn’t understand it. Cooke explained that from now on, it’s not going to be about how pretty the voice is. It’s going to be about believing that the voice is telling the truth.
So he’s got that going for him.
(Just like the Declaration of Independence, and that’s why I posted this).
With the election, the semester getting crazy, and Ben’s band starting to make it big with teenaged girls, updates have been slow. I’m thinking about #3 and for those dedicated readers, it’ll be coming soon.