I don’t mean to slag on Bob Dylan, but it seems to come up with remarkable frequency that he’s quoted as the preeminent songwriter of his generation and one of the most influential artists of his day.
There are entire podcasts devoted to his work, not to mention the documentaries, the radio programs, and writings that all tout his unmatched contributions to music. While I have nothing personal against him – in fact, I like his outlook on peace, love, and change – I just don’t get what the big deal is in terms of his talent (and of course I recognize he’s waaaay more talented than I).
Now it’s certainly possible he’s written songs that I like and just don’t know it – he’s written songs for a lot of people – but as for his own greatest hits, there’s not a one that I really care for.
Maybe it’s another instance where the fuss is all about the lyrics – and for me a song is about music. Lyrics are secondary. If that’s the case, I guess I’ll never understand the appeal. But if anyone can point out a particularly interesting bit of music he’s written (and why they find it interesting), I’d be happy to listen with an open mind.
Until then, I guess my iTunes library will remain Dylan-free. Give me Paul Simon any day.