Tuesday, September 25, 2007

He played the harmonica!

And we joked, "oooohhhhhhh mmmmmaaaaaaama".

Tangled up in songs that were anthems to a generation, before I was born, before people realized they were anthems, or that this crazy looking little guy named Robert Zimmerman would someday be dubbed the "informal chronicler" or "reluctant figurehead" of American unrest in the 1960's. The man is a legend in every sense of the word. He has given us so many songs, so many stories, so much poetry.
So, maybe there is a little more gravel in his voice, and he tweaks his classic repertoire a bit past the point of recognition... he is Bob Dylan! The Bob Dylan! Back in the day Bob Dylan!!!! And I got the chance to see him, in concert!
Along with Elvis Costello and one of my newest folk favorites, Amos Lee, Dylan hit the stage at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA, this past Saturday, playing to a sold out crowd.
The arena roared as a "suited up" Dylan sauntered onto stage wearing a wide brimmed hat and began strumming a guitar. Still very much an active performer, Dylan quickly hit his stride and showed no signs of slowing as he made his way through songs, both old and new, in an upbeat "Texas swing" kinda way.
He played the keyboard, he danced, he gave an encore, he took a bow.
Though, I do wish that we could have gotten a peek into what once was... just Bob, a guitar, a harmonica, and a song, sung the way it would have been back in Greenwich Village, at some hole in the wall, he did play the harmonica, and that was good enough for me!

happy wishes!

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