This great video for the outtake “Series of Dreams,” featured on the Bootleg Series Vol 1-3, includes a great montage of images from the life of Bob Dylan. On the occasion of his 70th birthday, I am pleased to share this tribute, and even more so, to have enjoyed his music for my entire life. Maybe I didn’t enjoy it that much in the 60s when my mom was listening to Bobby Dylan and Joan Baez, but as I entered my twenties, Dylan began his long comeback that culminated with the recording of Oh Mercy with Daniel Lanois.
I’ve only seen Dylan once offstage, when he snuck into the back of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony and sat against a back wall of the banquet room in a hoodie. At least I got to tell Daniel Lanois how great a song “Series of Dreams” was, and its mysterious quality is apparent in his indecision about whether the song should have been on Oh Mercy years later.
What’s great about Bob Dylan, as Allen Ginsburg said, is the search for identity. By leaving these questions open, he encourages all his listeners to fill in the blanks. And he’s a big Willie Nelson fan too.
Happy birthday Bob!