He's got everything he needs he's an artist, he don't look back!
In the “Notes and Queries” section of my English weekly newspaper this week someone questioned what has happened to Bob Dylan’s voice.
This reminded me that I had something somewhere in my notebook, scribbled down in haste some time ago.
It was a quote I had read that comes from Bob Dylan’s Chronicles, Volume One. It had been on the wall beside a painting by Bob at an exhibition of his works that a friend of mine had taken me to see. This was the first time I had seen any of Bob Dylan's artworks.
It was actually the friend who turned to me and pointed out how conductive this sounded:
“Creativity has much to do with experience, observation and imagination and if any one of these elements is missing it doesn’t work”
Yes it does sound a bit conductive but then again as I often say most of life does.
The more experience I gather in my work and in my life I realise that however much I read about this or about that, it is by doing and experiencing that I learn the most. It is my experiences that teach me the lessons I need to develop and progress in all that I do.
It is my observations at work and of life that affirm this to me, give me ideas and also give me time to gather my thoughts.
It is my imagination that enables me to use my experiences and my observations creatively.
So thanks for this Bob and thanks too to my friend for pointing it out to me.
Don’t think twice its alright
As to what happened to Bob Dylan’s voice. I don’t know. In this piece of writing from his Chronicles and in the paintings that I was fortunate to see I would say that his “voice “ is doing as well as ever it was.
However I think the author of the question really meant his singing voice. I have not heard Bob sing live recently so I cannot comment on his voice now, but I heard him sing in Budapest in 1992 and I asked myself the same question then. Each time I hear him his voice sounds different, that’s what makes Bob Dylan Bob Dylan!
In my opinion as far as the words, the music and the paintings are concerned Bob Dylan’s voice is still making itself heard loud and strong and clear, all the elements he mentioned that he needs to be creative seem to be still there. Some of the elements I need as a condcutor to be creative too.
She's got everything she needs she's an artist she don't look back, (She belongs to me) -
Bob Dylan's Artwork -
It is difficult in Germany to track down Bob Dylan songs as I cannot watch anything from Sony produtions but:
The voice seems fine here -
and here -
and of course here, many years ago with old friend Joan Baez -
Don’t think twice its alright: two elderly gents playing a mean guitar and one lovely voice-
And one more just for fun as the guitar playing is so good! -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1HCAbq2brc&feature=related