Tuesday 20 February 2007

Bob Dylan for every mood

There is a Bob Dylan album for every mood. More than any other songwriter, Dylan embodies Walt Whitman’s characterisation of the poet: “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes.” No matter how you’re feeling or what you’re doing, Bob Dylan always has an album for the occasion. Here are some examples:

When you’re visiting the city: Highway 61 Revisited
When you’re visiting the country: Nashville Skyline

When you’ve just gotten married: Planet Waves
When you’ve just gotten divorced: Blood on the Tracks

When you’re feeling very youthful: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
When you’re feeling very old: “Love and Theft”

When you’re in love with life: New Morning
When you’re sick of life: Time Out of Mind

When you’re dreaming of exotic romances: Desire
When you’ve renounced exotic romances: Down in the Groove

When you’re full of nostalgia: Modern Times
When you’re full of rage: Hard Rain

When you’ve just been born again: Saved
When you’ve just become a pagan: Street-Legal

When you’re feeling smooth: Oh Mercy
When you’re feeling rough and ragged: World Gone Wrong

When you’ve got all the answers: Slow Train Coming
When you’ve got none of the answers: Blonde on Blonde


m@ said...

this is a great help to me. i've always meant to check out more bob dylan but wasn't sure exactly where to start.

Unknown said...

I might emend #11: "when you're full of nostalgia at how good Dylan used to sound: Modern Times"

I find I can only give his latest endeavor backhanded compliments.

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