The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #34253   Message #467876
Posted By: Peter T.
22-May-01 - 11:46 AM
Thread Name: Dylan Watch: Events Coming for 60
Subject: RE: Dylan Watch: Events Coming for 60
Now that is a stupid essay. Certainly not in the top ten stupid essays about Bob Dylan (line up over here, please), but pretty stupid.
The show was a great opportunity for me -- thanks to Rick for the chance. There has been good feedback from students -- we have been talking about Tangled Up in Blue all morning, which, let me tell you, is a great way to spend a morning. The paradox continues: how can someone who writes such masterpieces (and some of them are, I don't care what the Times thinks) also write such dreadful careless stuff? But of course they said that about Wordsworth.
The argument about Keats is pointless. To stick to music, Schubert is infinitely superior as a writer of classic songs than the Beatles or Dylan or any of these people. But with the arrival of popular music, the requirements of the genre change, and the comparisons no longer function. Janis Joplin is not Renee Fleming -- but guess what Renee Fleming listens to to warm up to before concerts?

yours, Peter T.