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Bob Dylan, 2015

May 29, 2015

FullSizeRenderA few weeks ago, on April 30 to be exact, I went to a Bob Dylan concert here in Memphis.  Over the years I have seen Dylan 4 times, and will use about any good excuse to go – this time – a birthday present for a friend, and for another friend from Peru, well she had never seen or really even heard of Dylan before her current graduate school gig here in the States.

The last time I saw Dylan was also here in Memphis a couple of years ago.  That concert was absolutely magic.  His back-up band was fantastic.  Dylan was quite animated and engaged, singing the old and new.  I still have the image of him singing Ballad of a Thin Man, standing alone center stage with only a harmonica, gesturing and swaying as he told that story.

So, of course this time I was looking for a similar experience.  I had listened enough to his newest release Shadows in the Night to realize this was as different as his earlier Christmas album from a few years back.  Seems there are plenty of naysayers about Bob Dylan these days.  On the ticket website for the concert one person commented that they were not going to pay big bucks to hear Dylan sing Frank Sinatra – a position one could compare perhaps to Dylan’s electric controversy in 1965.

The April 30 concert was again magic, but different.  With the exception of Blowing in the Wind, the oldest song he played was Tangled Up in Blue that only goes back to 1975.  Most of the material was far more recent, such as multiple cuts from the recent Tempest album.  There was no Maggie’s Farm or the like this time around.

Perhaps most striking about the performance was that once again Dylan was completely engaged in the storytelling.  And I have commented to anyone who wanted to listen – I could not believe how strong and full his voice was that night and at the age of 74!  He closed the concert with Autumn Leaves from the Shadows in the Night album.  Incredible cover of this classic song.

If Bob Dylan is rolling through your town, and you are interested in experiencing the most recent incarnation of the music legend, you will not be disappointed.

 

Autumn Leaves

The falling leaves drift by the window
The autumn leaves of red and gold
I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sunburned hand I used to hold

Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song
But I miss you most of all, my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall

I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sunburned hand I used to hold

Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song
But I miss you most of all, my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall

Written by Jacques Prévert

 

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 29, 2015 9:49 pm

    I love the song Autumn Leaves…back in grad school I had a copy of that sheet music (an arrangement from the 40s. I put it in my crush’s mail cube at school, knowing he loved the song too. He was also a pianist. Sadly, though, another girl who liked him stole it and shred it to bits. Ah jealousy. Thanks for reminding me of it. And also, very cool that you saw Dylan again recently.

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