Thursday, January 15, 2009

Learning to write great songs

Dylan’s born-again period with Slow Train Coming and Saved are part of his creative use of the Bible. I’m not saying he didn’t convert to Christianity for awhile. But Christianity is just a next stage in Judaism, always a strong source for Dylan. Did Dylan become a Christian missionary? No, he became a Christian songwriter. Listen to Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan recorded by authentic gospel singers and ask: how does a white, Jewish boy from northern Minnesota write black gospel songs that sound authentic? Learn and absorb. 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.

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