Inspiration Through Music: Bob Dylan

I’m just putting it out there right now: Bob Dylan has got to be one of the most tremendously talented songwriters of the last 50 years. In my unending journey to discover new and wonderful music, I’ve come across dozens of songs performed by other artists yet written by Dylan that blow me away. And when I searched for the original versions, I found them to be different enough from the covers and yet still possessing that same magic that inspires me in my writing.

For the longest time, I wasn’t a fan of 60’s music. There was even a point when I “disliked” the Beatles. [I love them now! It’s different! Don’t come after me!] But that all changed about four or five years ago. I was introduced to Nina Simone, Simon and Garfunkel, Nick Drake, Joan Baez, and of course, Bob Dylan. A lot of those original 60’s songs are treasures, with lyrics written to make us observe the things in our everyday lives more closely. They are moody, sometimes fiery, sometimes calm jewels that are forever entrenched in our history. And when I throw on my Bob Dylan station on Pandora, I know that I’m apt to come up with great stories, no matter what song pops up. Today, I’d like to share 6 of his songs with you and what I see when I listen to them.

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