Thursday, October 13, 2016

A short musical rant: Bob Dylan gets a Nobel? Really?

I usually save the music stuff for the weekends, but seriously?  Bob Dylan?  This is more ridiculous than when they gave the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama for not being George W. Bush.  I'm not him either.  Can I have one?  I... don't like Dylan.  He did a lot of damage to the musical world by teaching people that it's OK to have a terrible voice and to sing stuff that has no meaning and pretend it's art because it sounds poetic.  The answer is blowing in the wind?  No, it isn't.  That's just you, blowing smoke, Bob.

What's the difference between a singer-songwriter and a puppy?  Eventually, the puppy will stop whining.

Anyway, here's a true genius, Richard Thompson.  He's a great singer, he knows how to tell a story, and his guitar playing is phenomenal.  Oh, and even though he's a Brit, they worship him at the Americana Awards show.



Want another one?  Here he is, singing perhaps the most insightful piece written in the aftermath of 9/11 on religious extremism in general.  His electric guitar work is as masterful as his acoustic work.



So, um, what's so great about Dylan?

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