Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Author Examines Link Between Dylan and Zen

In addition to being a folk music visionary, Bob Dylan may also be a modern-day Zen master, said Steven Heine in a lecture given as part of a new series presented by the USU religious studies program Friday. CLICK HERE to read more

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

GMC Airing of the documentary Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan.

Screens: TV the week of October 21
Rock and Soul Night (8 p.m. Sunday, Gospel Music Channel) -- Five hours showcasing the churchy roots of rock and soul music, including concerts by such artists as Calvin Cooke, Mike Farris and the Blind Boys of Alabama. To top it off there's an airing of the documentary Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan.

My Backstroke

Times change, and we are called as the church to reach the sheep of this fold, (generation) while ministering to all. The first step may be found with my old friend Bob Dylan: CLICK HERE to read more

Sam Cooke says, “a change is gonna come”

“A change is gonna come.” By itself, a great statement, and one that has gotten me through rough times along with faith, but in 1963 Sam Cooke gave these words so much meaning, not just for the civil rights movement but for anyone who would ever find themselves wanting to move forward for whatever reasons or needs. The song and it’s creation is tightly woven with that of two Bob Dylan songs. CLICK HERE to read more

Monday, October 22, 2007

"...You Gotta Serve Somebody...but How?"

The point, of course, is that all of us seek to find meaning, seek to find a purpose for our lives by giving ourselves to some cause or some power or some institution that�s bigger than ourselves, through which we find some kind of purpose and some kind of way to give and to make a contribution. CLICK HERE to read more

Devotional Dylan?

Dylan hints, alludes, and perplexes us with his spirituality and lyricism. CLICK HERE to read more

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Right Wing Bob: Q & A with Robert Spencer

SPENCER: When I went to college in 1979, I had only heard the Bob songs that made it to the radio now and again — Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, Like A Rolling Stone, etc. But I was aware of Dylan, as he was still a major pop culture figure — everyone in my dorm had a copy of Street Legal, and many had the Budokan live album also. But when Slow Train Coming came out, all his fans were knocked back. CLICK HERE to read more

The Rise of Mailerism

Norman Mailer’s God, not surprisingly, is a great artist, who created mankind and all the plants and other animals, and could reincarnate them according to his whim. But he was not all-powerful. Because there was the Devil—and the Devil had technology. And lately, the Devil seems to be winning… CLICK HERE to read more

Monday, October 15, 2007

Dylan Devotional: The sun keeps shinin’

It was a beautiful drive into the office this morning. I was rockin’ to Dylan and holding a cup of coffee in a styrofoam cup. I was listening to “Thunder on the Mountain” CLICK HERE to read more

An essay, "Is Dylan Still?" by Bill Parr (from 2000)

Some thoughts on questions about Dylan, regarding whether "He is still a Christian": Is he still a Christian?

Lots of folks would argue against. Some would agree that he is. My sense is that, for many, their answer reveals more about their preconceptions and biases than about Dylan.

My answer, based on the lyrics of his songs over the last roughly 20 years (since the end of the 1979 - 1981 period), as well as his comments during concerts, and his song choice, is: CLICK HERE to read more

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Bob Dylan Reaffirms His Place in the Tribe

Sorry, Christians: It’s looking less and less likely that Bob Dylan is going to... CLICK HERE to read more

FAVORITE SONGS: Bob Dylan, Gotta Serve Somebody (1979)

The “Poet of This Generation” caused quite a stir in the late 70s when he announced he had become a born-again Christian. CLICK HERE to read more

Bob Dylan - Time Out Of Mind

‘Goodness me!’ is the gold bar in the currency of superlatives that my students use and it aptly describes Bob Dylan's first album of new songs... CLICK HERE to read more

Monday, October 1, 2007

Michelle Shocked 'went for the singing, and stayed for the song'

“Probably the only real template we have for people like myself in terms of their career – getting saved – is the path that Bob Dylan laid out. And if he was Judas for going electric…” Dylan’s audience grew significantly when he challenged the status quo and plugged in. It took a declaration of Christian faith to finally loose his exalted standing. “The same people that embraced him for his creativity and his willingness to evolve [dropped him].” CLICK HERE to read more
“The highest form of song is prayer.”
-Bob Dylan

STOCKHOLM 04.05.2002

Just a few days after performing at the 2002 Grammy's, Bob Dylan recorded a new re-write of "Gonna Change My Way of Thinking" for "Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan" with longtime friend Mavis Staples. One month later he would kick off a new tour in Stockholm Sweden and perform Solid Rock (what many consider the theme song to his gospel era concerts) for the first time in 20 years. Dylan would continue to perform this rousing song as well as other gospel era songs at numerous concerts across Europe and beyond. The two-time Grammy nominated compilation would be released on Sony/Columbia one year later on April 1, 2003.

Sinead O'Connor - Property Of Jesus