Today is Bob Dylan’s 72nd birthday. He, Robert Zimmerman, was born on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota and raised in Hibbing, Minnesota. When asked to label himself in a famous early interview he quipped, “Well, I’d label myself as ‘well under 30.’ Scroll down to enjoy our playlist including a song from nearly every released album.
I didn’t grow up listening to Bob Dylan. I discovered him from friends in college. I was a classical music nerd (and pianist). Dylan was the first pop singer I liked and yes, I call him ‘pop’ in the sense that he’s not from 200+ years ago unlike my favorite music at the time.
It was very much like a conversion experience as cheesy as that sounds. I remember hearing the lyric, “Let me die in my footsteps before I go down under the ground…”
I was hooked. There was just as much depth in this music as in the classical and baroque music that I cherished. The lonesomness of “North Country Blues” with its “draglines a-humming” took my breath away…