"People are crazy and times are strange
I'm locked in tight, I'm out of range
I used to care, but things have changed" - Bob Dylan
This was the opening song last night at the intimate and acoustically heavenly Beacon Theater, NYC
Dylan, contrary to the belief of some, has in fact aged well.
A-mazing on vocals, keyboards, guitar too, and most of all, harmonica.
I am still processing that show, and swimming in the string parts of "Simple Twist of Fate", and now really listening to the songs on last night's the set list. Beginning with....
Dylan is one artist I was aware of and appreciative, but not a huge follower, distracted by other things, from Beatles to Kinks, Who, Doors, Joplin, Jimi, Rolling Stones, Van the Man, Joni, Traffic, Tull... and festivals and tours and recording studios. Now a bit of Dylan.
Bob Dylan was a legend I saw once only, at the Academy of Music. The band was The Band. :)) The performances led to the album "Stage Fright", Dylan & the Band. It was The Band headlining, not Dylan. I'd seen the other shows, great but there was no expectation of Dylan. But at the end of the last show, out walked this guy in denim as the music swelled into "Once upon a time you felt so fine...." and I thought the balcony would fall down, it was so bouncing, things flying... A Beatle-mania moment. Once in a lifetime. Twice now for me. And again, the mysterious Mr. D. actually seemed to be feeling & enjoying the performance, and the ambience. Tres Cool.