I'm wondering what JME might say about Bob Dylan as a Nobel Laureate...
I'm still missing dear James.
He'd have been, no doubt, pleased. :)
There is definitely a hole here that only JME could fill adequately. He was one unique mind and an interesting fellow. He is missed - and no doubt you miss him a lot, you and he had a nice bond.
I miss Margaret, too.
I was thrilled with this Nobel news this morning -- Tangled Up in Blue has been a favorite, and my husband's and my song, for ages now -- Dylan is also one amazingly unique mind. He deserves this.
I've seen numerous folks from Open decrying this award on facebook. Kind of surprised me, but the group tended to really good writers. Always detractors I suppose. Sometimes I'm one too. His music spoke to me more than his words. I've never been able to understand lyrics in music unless they are written out for me. And if you miss 4 words in every verse, you can miss the whole point. Ha - story of my life!
If I'd have saved the hundreds, nay thousands of e-mails with Jimmy I'd have the book ready we talked about. But it doesn't always play out right.
I used to tell him Zimmerman was a pirate, starting with his stage name. That usually kept him going for a day or so.
Jon, Thanks for reading and commenting.
Anna, I miss Margaret as well. I hope that she and her family are doing as well as can be.
Keith, Like my selection from Youtube, I prefer Dylan's lesser known compositions. Here's another of my favorites:
aka, I wish you had saved those e-mails, but such is life. Thanks for reading and commenting.
Well I had to think about this for a bit. I had a few thousand conversations with Jim myself, over several years, in email and telephone, and I can tell you he loved Dylan's music and words as much as anybody could. What Jim would have thought about Dylan receiving a Nobel prize is certainly up for conjecture and would have made for a fun conversation I think. For myself, I'm just a wee bit flummoxed by the choice, and I think Jim may have agreed with me.
Without the music many Dylan lyrics read like stream of consciousness verse.
Like Keith, I hear music more than lyrics.
I think this is great. Dylan is lyrically more influential than most authors. I miss James too. The last couple of times I've written to Margaret she hasn't answered.
I was so happy when I heard this a few days ago. I haven't had time to come here and catch up until now. Your post's title made me tear up. I bet James is happy about it indeed. But it makes me sad to think of all that we'll never hear from him about implications, hilarity and so on that only he could surmise about the situation. Sigh.....
Kosh, Steel and Alysa, Thanks for reading and remembering James.
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