It is quite impossible to me to choose only one
Dylan’s song. Let us take a walk on Dylan's road.
This is probably the first video clip in the history
and one of the most famous. It’s Subterranean
homesick blues, from Dylan’s work Bringing
it all back home (1965)
One of the essential Dylan’s songs is this Like a Rolling Stone (Highway 61 Revisited,
1964), here in its first version. There is a thing that you have to know
about Dylan: he doesn’t sing a song twice in the same way.
Planet Waves (1974), one of my favorite Dylan´s works, includes the wonderful forever young, here in The Last Waltz, the concert where The Band, the group that used to play with Dylan, said goodbye.
A wonderful Simple
twist of fate from Blood on the Track (1975) in a performanceon TV.
Make you feel my love,
included in Time out of mind (1997)
Thunder in the
mountain from Moderm times (2007). Elegant, classic rock,
as you see.
I was thirteen and, as manna, Bringing It All Back Home fell into my
hands. It was a vinyl LP with a suggestive sleeve from where Dylan was holding
a cat and looking sideways at me . I did not understand a word, but from the
first note, I knew it was exactly the sound I was waiting for. There was something
in his delightful bad voice, something in this country-rock he had invented, something
in the rhymes, in the intensity of his singing which connected directly with my
very deep. And there, in this imprecise space, remains since then in the
company of Dostoyevsky, chocolate ice-cream, and a few other good things of
Dylan became such a personal matter to me, while he had already reached the
generation’s icon level. Despite the fact that Dylan hates being seen as a mass
leader, his influence in 1960s and1970s society’s changes is indubitable. Many
people say that Dylan was a revolutionary voice, however, he only wanted to let his footprint
in music and poetry, as he did, of course.
Following the Woody Guthrie’s trail, Dylan
arrived to country music to renew it. His poetry gave a new dimension to the US’s
traditional music from the beginning of his career. Even more, in 1965, Highway 61, was the confirmation of the
fusion of folk music and rock that he had showed in his polemic performance in
the Newport Folk Festival. From this
moment till now, Dylan’s experiments in music have been continuous.
People like control their idols; they like to
see them, solid as rocks, showing some true as modern demigods or
irreproachable models from the top of somewhere. That is the reason why many
people do not understand or even accept Dylan. In fact, Dylan is nothing but a
man who has walked his own road. Contradictions and radical changes of the
course of his ideas and conceptions have surprised to everybody more than once.
This is not inconsistency; this is just freedom and independence. There is only
a constant thing in his life: searching and art. Although Dylan is known as a
very influential singer-songwriter, he is a writer and painter as well. As far as I am concerned, I do not need
superheroes or prophets to follow or adore; I like human beings who inspire me
sometimes and sometimes not.
Big Hunter of Answers Dylan has found a few
questions and he asks them to me, to everybody, with the grace of genius.
As my last tribute to jazz for today, I want to share with you, friends, a film I like
very much: Round Midnight.
“Round Midnightis a 1986 film directed byBertrand
Tavernierand written by David Rayfiel andBertrand
It tells the story of anAfrican
saxophoneplayer inParisin the 1950s who is befriended
by an unsuccessfulFrenchgraphic designer who idolizes
the musician and who tries desperately to help him to escapealcohol abuse. The protagonist jazzman,
"Dale Turner," was based on a composite of real-life jazz legendsLester Young(tenor sax) and the tortured
and enigmaticBud Powell(piano). While the film is
fictionalized, it is drawn directly from the memoir/biographyDance of the
Infidelswritten byFrancis Paudras, who had befriended Powell during his
Parisexpatriatedays and on whom the character
"Francis" is based. The film is a wistful and tragic portrait that
captures theParis jazzscene of the 1950s.
Dexter Gordon was nominated
for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and won a Grammy for the
film's soundtrack entitled "The Other Side of Round Midnight" in the
category for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Soloist.Herbie Hancockwon the Academy Award for Best
Music, Original Score. The soundtrack was released in two parts: Round Midnight
and The Other Side of Round Midnight.” (From the Wikipedia)
Usually, I don´t feel involved in those “international
days” which try to make people aware of something. Mainly, I don’t see the
usefulness and, even more, the resources invested in those celebrations should
be used in the causes they claim for. But this time is different.
the universal language of diversity and inspiration. Although Jazz has born in
USA it has no nationality, all around the world, people feel jazz, people play
Jazz is a great lover, if jazz
make love with other tune, a beautiful song will surely born. The essence of
jazz is mixture and freedom despite the fact that it came out from slaves. There is no other artistic expression as free as
jazz is. Jazz break harmony rules creating a new one. Jazz’s disorder is not a
chaos. Many times, Jazz is composing during the performance, so improvisation
can became a miracle sometimes.
Perhaps you think you don’t like jazz, well, I
suggest you to take a walk through this empire of diversity, because there is a
special jazz sound waiting for you.
"Jazz has been a force for positive social
transformation throughout its history, and it remains so today. This is why
UNESCO created International Jazz Day. From its roots in slavery, this music
has raised a passionate voice against all forms of oppression. It speaks a
language of freedom that is meaningful to all cultures. The same goals guide
UNESCO in its efforts to build bridges of dialogue and understanding between
all cultures and societies."