Always More Bob

At this point, it feels a little obsessive to scrutinize yet another Bob Dylan show. Still, it’s hard not to because there’s always something there worth thinking about afterwards, even in a show as conventional as last night’s at the Lakefront Arena. The setlist was as close to a greatest hits set as I’ve seen him do, starting with “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” and “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” and ending with an as-faithful-as-he-can-manage “Ballad of a Thin Man.” The liberties he took with his own songs were minimal by his standards, though his radical revision of “All Along the Watchtower” was engaging on its own and almost unrecognizable (for the right reasons) musically. “Like a Rolling Stone,” on the other hand, had a first verse that struggled, as if Dylan was trying to sing along with the band while watching them on a video monitor with the sound off.

That moment raised the question someone asked on Twitter today: Is Dylan’s live oddness a function of his age, personality or diminished skills, and although I give him the benefit of the doubt and assume everything’s an aesthetic choice, I’m not always positive. With a guitar player like Charlie Sexton in the band, it’s always perplexing that Dylan takes all the solos, whether on guitar, organ or harmonica. He plays all of them with a similar approach, meditating on a few notes and, in the case of his lead fills on “Beyond Here Lies Nothing,” making sure the woefully out of tune string was struck each time he played. He comes in seemingly unaware of what Sexton’s doing, often grinding the gears, but his solos and fills have their own logic (which is not the same thing as a structure).

But just when you’re inclined to write Dylan off musically as a series of eccentric musical tics, he reminds you not to be too hasty. Last night, “Forgetful Heart” was clear and pained with nothing meta- about it. “Sugar Baby” was similarly direct and affecting. On the other hand, “A Simple Twist of Fate” had a wistfulness that was accentuated by a touch of Maurice Chevalier in his vocal, and we were left to think about how the Allman-esque southern rock rhythm shaded “Tangled Up in Blue.”

Whatever qualms you might have about Dylan, there’s no question that he’s actively engaged in his music. That makes the show feel contemporary, even while he sounds as old as Lot. Opener Leon Russell’s voice was far sweeter – remarkably so, actually, better than it was in his heyday – but the last 20 minutes sounded like it was lifted straight from 1973. The set included “A Song for You,” a closing medley of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash/Papa Was a Rolling Stone/Kansas City” and an encore “Roll Over Beethoven,” all of which was fine, but the show was so locked down in early 1970s aesthetics that if you closed your eyes, you’d think you lucked across a great bootleg at Wolfgang’s Vault. I enjoyed the set, but when it was done, all it offered me was the challenge of how to convey how I felt about it without sounding more negative than I was. The Dylan set, on the other hand, will become part of the ongoing internal debate, which will continue until he next comes to town.

  • Alison F

    I thought he let Charlie out of the box quite a bit. He did a great solo on “Thunder on the Mountain.” (Also, I as well enjoyed Leon even though me and a WWOZ DJ friend who shall remain nameless both used the word “animatronic” while discussing his set.)

  • Alison F

    I thought he let Charlie out of the box quite a bit. He did a great solo on “Thunder on the Mountain.” (Also, I as well enjoyed Leon even though me and a WWOZ DJ friend who shall remain nameless both used the word “animatronic” while discussing his set.)

  • Alison F

    I thought he let Charlie out of the box quite a bit. He did a great solo on “Thunder on the Mountain.” (Also, I as well enjoyed Leon even though me and a WWOZ DJ friend who shall remain nameless both used the word “animatronic” while discussing his set.)

  • Alison F

    I thought he let Charlie out of the box quite a bit. He did a great solo on “Thunder on the Mountain.” (Also, I as well enjoyed Leon even though me and a WWOZ DJ friend who shall remain nameless both used the word “animatronic” while discussing his set.)

  • Alison F

    I thought he let Charlie out of the box quite a bit. He did a great solo on “Thunder on the Mountain.” (Also, I as well enjoyed Leon even though me and a WWOZ DJ friend who shall remain nameless both used the word “animatronic” while discussing his set.)

  • Alison F

    I thought he let Charlie out of the box quite a bit. He did a great solo on “Thunder on the Mountain.” (Also, I as well enjoyed Leon even though me and a WWOZ DJ friend who shall remain nameless both used the word “animatronic” while discussing his set.)

  • Alison F

    I thought he let Charlie out of the box quite a bit. He did a great solo on “Thunder on the Mountain.” (Also, I as well enjoyed Leon even though me and a WWOZ DJ friend who shall remain nameless both used the word “animatronic” while discussing his set.)

  • Alison F

    I thought he let Charlie out of the box quite a bit. He did a great solo on “Thunder on the Mountain.” (Also, I as well enjoyed Leon even though me and a WWOZ DJ friend who shall remain nameless both used the word “animatronic” while discussing his set.)

  • Alison F

    I thought he let Charlie out of the box quite a bit. He did a great solo on “Thunder on the Mountain.” (Also, I as well enjoyed Leon even though me and a WWOZ DJ friend who shall remain nameless both used the word “animatronic” while discussing his set.)

  • Alison F

    I thought he let Charlie out of the box quite a bit. He did a great solo on “Thunder on the Mountain.” (Also, I as well enjoyed Leon even though me and a WWOZ DJ friend who shall remain nameless both used the word “animatronic” while discussing his set.)

  • Alison F

    I thought he let Charlie out of the box quite a bit. He did a great solo on “Thunder on the Mountain.” (Also, I as well enjoyed Leon even though me and a WWOZ DJ friend who shall remain nameless both used the word “animatronic” while discussing his set.)

  • Alison F

    I thought he let Charlie out of the box quite a bit. He did a great solo on “Thunder on the Mountain.” (Also, I as well enjoyed Leon even though me and a WWOZ DJ friend who shall remain nameless both used the word “animatronic” while discussing his set.)

  • Alison F

    I thought he let Charlie out of the box quite a bit. He did a great solo on “Thunder on the Mountain.” (Also, I as well enjoyed Leon even though me and a WWOZ DJ friend who shall remain nameless both used the word “animatronic” while discussing his set.)

  • Alison F

    I thought he let Charlie out of the box quite a bit. He did a great solo on “Thunder on the Mountain.” (Also, I as well enjoyed Leon even though me and a WWOZ DJ friend who shall remain nameless both used the word “animatronic” while discussing his set.)

  • Alison F

    I thought he let Charlie out of the box quite a bit. He did a great solo on “Thunder on the Mountain.” (Also, I as well enjoyed Leon even though me and a WWOZ DJ friend who shall remain nameless both used the word “animatronic” while discussing his set.)

  • Alison F

    I thought he let Charlie out of the box quite a bit. He did a great solo on “Thunder on the Mountain.” (Also, I as well enjoyed Leon even though me and a WWOZ DJ friend who shall remain nameless both used the word “animatronic” while discussing his set.)

  • Alison F

    I thought he let Charlie out of the box quite a bit. He did a great solo on “Thunder on the Mountain.” (Also, I as well enjoyed Leon even though me and a WWOZ DJ friend who shall remain nameless both used the word “animatronic” while discussing his set.)

  • Alison F

    I thought he let Charlie out of the box quite a bit. He did a great solo on “Thunder on the Mountain.” (Also, I as well enjoyed Leon even though me and a WWOZ DJ friend who shall remain nameless both used the word “animatronic” while discussing his set.)

  • Alison F

    I thought he let Charlie out of the box quite a bit. He did a great solo on “Thunder on the Mountain.” (Also, I as well enjoyed Leon even though me and a WWOZ DJ friend who shall remain nameless both used the word “animatronic” while discussing his set.)

  • Alison F

    I thought he let Charlie out of the box quite a bit. He did a great solo on “Thunder on the Mountain.” (Also, I as well enjoyed Leon even though me and a WWOZ DJ friend who shall remain nameless both used the word “animatronic” while discussing his set.)

  • Alison F

    I thought he let Charlie out of the box quite a bit. He did a great solo on “Thunder on the Mountain.” (Also, I as well enjoyed Leon even though me and a WWOZ DJ friend who shall remain nameless both used the word “animatronic” while discussing his set.)

  • Alison F

    I thought he let Charlie out of the box quite a bit. He did a great solo on “Thunder on the Mountain.” (Also, I as well enjoyed Leon even though me and a WWOZ DJ friend who shall remain nameless both used the word “animatronic” while discussing his set.)

  • Alison F

    I thought he let Charlie out of the box quite a bit. He did a great solo on “Thunder on the Mountain.” (Also, I as well enjoyed Leon even though me and a WWOZ DJ friend who shall remain nameless both used the word “animatronic” while discussing his set.)

  • Sandyc

    Sometimes it’s best “if ypu can’t say something good don’t say anything at all”. Dylan has been entertaining us for over 50 years, That alone speaks volumes!!! 70yrs. old and still playing over 100 shows!!! There’s not to many [in fact I can’t think of any] who still can accomplish that. May you stay “forever young” Mr. Dylan.

  • Sandyc

    Sometimes it’s best “if ypu can’t say something good don’t say anything at all”. Dylan has been entertaining us for over 50 years, That alone speaks volumes!!! 70yrs. old and still playing over 100 shows!!! There’s not to many [in fact I can’t think of any] who still can accomplish that. May you stay “forever young” Mr. Dylan.

  • Sandyc

    Sometimes it’s best “if ypu can’t say something good don’t say anything at all”. Dylan has been entertaining us for over 50 years, That alone speaks volumes!!! 70yrs. old and still playing over 100 shows!!! There’s not to many [in fact I can’t think of any] who still can accomplish that. May you stay “forever young” Mr. Dylan.

  • Sandyc

    Sometimes it’s best “if ypu can’t say something good don’t say anything at all”. Dylan has been entertaining us for over 50 years, That alone speaks volumes!!! 70yrs. old and still playing over 100 shows!!! There’s not to many [in fact I can’t think of any] who still can accomplish that. May you stay “forever young” Mr. Dylan.

  • Sandyc

    Sometimes it’s best “if ypu can’t say something good don’t say anything at all”. Dylan has been entertaining us for over 50 years, That alone speaks volumes!!! 70yrs. old and still playing over 100 shows!!! There’s not to many [in fact I can’t think of any] who still can accomplish that. May you stay “forever young” Mr. Dylan.

  • Sandyc

    Sometimes it’s best “if ypu can’t say something good don’t say anything at all”. Dylan has been entertaining us for over 50 years, That alone speaks volumes!!! 70yrs. old and still playing over 100 shows!!! There’s not to many [in fact I can’t think of any] who still can accomplish that. May you stay “forever young” Mr. Dylan.

  • Sandyc

    Sometimes it’s best “if ypu can’t say something good don’t say anything at all”. Dylan has been entertaining us for over 50 years, That alone speaks volumes!!! 70yrs. old and still playing over 100 shows!!! There’s not to many [in fact I can’t think of any] who still can accomplish that. May you stay “forever young” Mr. Dylan.

  • Sandyc

    Sometimes it’s best “if ypu can’t say something good don’t say anything at all”. Dylan has been entertaining us for over 50 years, That alone speaks volumes!!! 70yrs. old and still playing over 100 shows!!! There’s not to many [in fact I can’t think of any] who still can accomplish that. May you stay “forever young” Mr. Dylan.

  • Sandyc

    Sometimes it’s best “if ypu can’t say something good don’t say anything at all”. Dylan has been entertaining us for over 50 years, That alone speaks volumes!!! 70yrs. old and still playing over 100 shows!!! There’s not to many [in fact I can’t think of any] who still can accomplish that. May you stay “forever young” Mr. Dylan.

  • Sandyc

    Sometimes it’s best “if ypu can’t say something good don’t say anything at all”. Dylan has been entertaining us for over 50 years, That alone speaks volumes!!! 70yrs. old and still playing over 100 shows!!! There’s not to many [in fact I can’t think of any] who still can accomplish that. May you stay “forever young” Mr. Dylan.

  • Sandyc

    Sometimes it’s best “if ypu can’t say something good don’t say anything at all”. Dylan has been entertaining us for over 50 years, That alone speaks volumes!!! 70yrs. old and still playing over 100 shows!!! There’s not to many [in fact I can’t think of any] who still can accomplish that. May you stay “forever young” Mr. Dylan.

  • Sandyc

    Sometimes it’s best “if ypu can’t say something good don’t say anything at all”. Dylan has been entertaining us for over 50 years, That alone speaks volumes!!! 70yrs. old and still playing over 100 shows!!! There’s not to many [in fact I can’t think of any] who still can accomplish that. May you stay “forever young” Mr. Dylan.

  • Sandyc

    Sometimes it’s best “if ypu can’t say something good don’t say anything at all”. Dylan has been entertaining us for over 50 years, That alone speaks volumes!!! 70yrs. old and still playing over 100 shows!!! There’s not to many [in fact I can’t think of any] who still can accomplish that. May you stay “forever young” Mr. Dylan.

  • Sandyc

    Sometimes it’s best “if ypu can’t say something good don’t say anything at all”. Dylan has been entertaining us for over 50 years, That alone speaks volumes!!! 70yrs. old and still playing over 100 shows!!! There’s not to many [in fact I can’t think of any] who still can accomplish that. May you stay “forever young” Mr. Dylan.

  • Sandyc

    Sometimes it’s best “if ypu can’t say something good don’t say anything at all”. Dylan has been entertaining us for over 50 years, That alone speaks volumes!!! 70yrs. old and still playing over 100 shows!!! There’s not to many [in fact I can’t think of any] who still can accomplish that. May you stay “forever young” Mr. Dylan.

  • Sandyc

    Sometimes it’s best “if ypu can’t say something good don’t say anything at all”. Dylan has been entertaining us for over 50 years, That alone speaks volumes!!! 70yrs. old and still playing over 100 shows!!! There’s not to many [in fact I can’t think of any] who still can accomplish that. May you stay “forever young” Mr. Dylan.

  • Sandyc

    Sometimes it’s best “if ypu can’t say something good don’t say anything at all”. Dylan has been entertaining us for over 50 years, That alone speaks volumes!!! 70yrs. old and still playing over 100 shows!!! There’s not to many [in fact I can’t think of any] who still can accomplish that. May you stay “forever young” Mr. Dylan.

  • Sandyc

    Sometimes it’s best “if ypu can’t say something good don’t say anything at all”. Dylan has been entertaining us for over 50 years, That alone speaks volumes!!! 70yrs. old and still playing over 100 shows!!! There’s not to many [in fact I can’t think of any] who still can accomplish that. May you stay “forever young” Mr. Dylan.

  • Sandyc

    Sometimes it’s best “if ypu can’t say something good don’t say anything at all”. Dylan has been entertaining us for over 50 years, That alone speaks volumes!!! 70yrs. old and still playing over 100 shows!!! There’s not to many [in fact I can’t think of any] who still can accomplish that. May you stay “forever young” Mr. Dylan.

  • Sandyc

    Sometimes it’s best “if ypu can’t say something good don’t say anything at all”. Dylan has been entertaining us for over 50 years, That alone speaks volumes!!! 70yrs. old and still playing over 100 shows!!! There’s not to many [in fact I can’t think of any] who still can accomplish that. May you stay “forever young” Mr. Dylan.

  • Sandyc

    Sometimes it’s best “if ypu can’t say something good don’t say anything at all”. Dylan has been entertaining us for over 50 years, That alone speaks volumes!!! 70yrs. old and still playing over 100 shows!!! There’s not to many [in fact I can’t think of any] who still can accomplish that. May you stay “forever young” Mr. Dylan.

  • Sandyc

    Sometimes it’s best “if ypu can’t say something good don’t say anything at all”. Dylan has been entertaining us for over 50 years, That alone speaks volumes!!! 70yrs. old and still playing over 100 shows!!! There’s not to many [in fact I can’t think of any] who still can accomplish that. May you stay “forever young” Mr. Dylan.

  • Sandyc

    Sometimes it’s best “if ypu can’t say something good don’t say anything at all”. Dylan has been entertaining us for over 50 years, That alone speaks volumes!!! 70yrs. old and still playing over 100 shows!!! There’s not to many [in fact I can’t think of any] who still can accomplish that. May you stay “forever young” Mr. Dylan.

  • Anonymous

    Your comment interests me. Are you saying that we shouldn’t think about what Bob’s doing? What choices he’s making or why he’s making them? That we should simply respond to him on a love-it/don’t-love-it-never-speak-of-this-again basis? I’m not being sarcastic; I genuinely don’t understand this approach, particularly to someone who has made a career of being thought-provoking (to say the least). Are you saying that there comes a point where someone is old enough that they’re to be applauded automatically for what they do, no matter how they do it? Doesn’t that suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, and isn’t that condescending to the artist?

  • Anonymous

    Your comment interests me. Are you saying that we shouldn’t think about what Bob’s doing? What choices he’s making or why he’s making them? That we should simply respond to him on a love-it/don’t-love-it-never-speak-of-this-again basis? I’m not being sarcastic; I genuinely don’t understand this approach, particularly to someone who has made a career of being thought-provoking (to say the least). Are you saying that there comes a point where someone is old enough that they’re to be applauded automatically for what they do, no matter how they do it? Doesn’t that suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, and isn’t that condescending to the artist?

  • Anonymous

    Your comment interests me. Are you saying that we shouldn’t think about what Bob’s doing? What choices he’s making or why he’s making them? That we should simply respond to him on a love-it/don’t-love-it-never-speak-of-this-again basis? I’m not being sarcastic; I genuinely don’t understand this approach, particularly to someone who has made a career of being thought-provoking (to say the least). Are you saying that there comes a point where someone is old enough that they’re to be applauded automatically for what they do, no matter how they do it? Doesn’t that suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, and isn’t that condescending to the artist?

  • Anonymous

    Your comment interests me. Are you saying that we shouldn’t think about what Bob’s doing? What choices he’s making or why he’s making them? That we should simply respond to him on a love-it/don’t-love-it-never-speak-of-this-again basis? I’m not being sarcastic; I genuinely don’t understand this approach, particularly to someone who has made a career of being thought-provoking (to say the least). Are you saying that there comes a point where someone is old enough that they’re to be applauded automatically for what they do, no matter how they do it? Doesn’t that suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, and isn’t that condescending to the artist?

  • Anonymous

    Your comment interests me. Are you saying that we shouldn’t think about what Bob’s doing? What choices he’s making or why he’s making them? That we should simply respond to him on a love-it/don’t-love-it-never-speak-of-this-again basis? I’m not being sarcastic; I genuinely don’t understand this approach, particularly to someone who has made a career of being thought-provoking (to say the least). Are you saying that there comes a point where someone is old enough that they’re to be applauded automatically for what they do, no matter how they do it? Doesn’t that suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, and isn’t that condescending to the artist?

  • Anonymous

    Your comment interests me. Are you saying that we shouldn’t think about what Bob’s doing? What choices he’s making or why he’s making them? That we should simply respond to him on a love-it/don’t-love-it-never-speak-of-this-again basis? I’m not being sarcastic; I genuinely don’t understand this approach, particularly to someone who has made a career of being thought-provoking (to say the least). Are you saying that there comes a point where someone is old enough that they’re to be applauded automatically for what they do, no matter how they do it? Doesn’t that suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, and isn’t that condescending to the artist?

  • Anonymous

    Your comment interests me. Are you saying that we shouldn’t think about what Bob’s doing? What choices he’s making or why he’s making them? That we should simply respond to him on a love-it/don’t-love-it-never-speak-of-this-again basis? I’m not being sarcastic; I genuinely don’t understand this approach, particularly to someone who has made a career of being thought-provoking (to say the least). Are you saying that there comes a point where someone is old enough that they’re to be applauded automatically for what they do, no matter how they do it? Doesn’t that suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, and isn’t that condescending to the artist?

  • Anonymous

    Your comment interests me. Are you saying that we shouldn’t think about what Bob’s doing? What choices he’s making or why he’s making them? That we should simply respond to him on a love-it/don’t-love-it-never-speak-of-this-again basis? I’m not being sarcastic; I genuinely don’t understand this approach, particularly to someone who has made a career of being thought-provoking (to say the least). Are you saying that there comes a point where someone is old enough that they’re to be applauded automatically for what they do, no matter how they do it? Doesn’t that suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, and isn’t that condescending to the artist?

  • Anonymous

    Your comment interests me. Are you saying that we shouldn’t think about what Bob’s doing? What choices he’s making or why he’s making them? That we should simply respond to him on a love-it/don’t-love-it-never-speak-of-this-again basis? I’m not being sarcastic; I genuinely don’t understand this approach, particularly to someone who has made a career of being thought-provoking (to say the least). Are you saying that there comes a point where someone is old enough that they’re to be applauded automatically for what they do, no matter how they do it? Doesn’t that suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, and isn’t that condescending to the artist?

  • Anonymous

    Your comment interests me. Are you saying that we shouldn’t think about what Bob’s doing? What choices he’s making or why he’s making them? That we should simply respond to him on a love-it/don’t-love-it-never-speak-of-this-again basis? I’m not being sarcastic; I genuinely don’t understand this approach, particularly to someone who has made a career of being thought-provoking (to say the least). Are you saying that there comes a point where someone is old enough that they’re to be applauded automatically for what they do, no matter how they do it? Doesn’t that suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, and isn’t that condescending to the artist?

  • Anonymous

    Your comment interests me. Are you saying that we shouldn’t think about what Bob’s doing? What choices he’s making or why he’s making them? That we should simply respond to him on a love-it/don’t-love-it-never-speak-of-this-again basis? I’m not being sarcastic; I genuinely don’t understand this approach, particularly to someone who has made a career of being thought-provoking (to say the least). Are you saying that there comes a point where someone is old enough that they’re to be applauded automatically for what they do, no matter how they do it? Doesn’t that suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, and isn’t that condescending to the artist?

  • Anonymous

    Your comment interests me. Are you saying that we shouldn’t think about what Bob’s doing? What choices he’s making or why he’s making them? That we should simply respond to him on a love-it/don’t-love-it-never-speak-of-this-again basis? I’m not being sarcastic; I genuinely don’t understand this approach, particularly to someone who has made a career of being thought-provoking (to say the least). Are you saying that there comes a point where someone is old enough that they’re to be applauded automatically for what they do, no matter how they do it? Doesn’t that suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, and isn’t that condescending to the artist?

  • Anonymous

    Your comment interests me. Are you saying that we shouldn’t think about what Bob’s doing? What choices he’s making or why he’s making them? That we should simply respond to him on a love-it/don’t-love-it-never-speak-of-this-again basis? I’m not being sarcastic; I genuinely don’t understand this approach, particularly to someone who has made a career of being thought-provoking (to say the least). Are you saying that there comes a point where someone is old enough that they’re to be applauded automatically for what they do, no matter how they do it? Doesn’t that suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, and isn’t that condescending to the artist?

  • Anonymous

    Your comment interests me. Are you saying that we shouldn’t think about what Bob’s doing? What choices he’s making or why he’s making them? That we should simply respond to him on a love-it/don’t-love-it-never-speak-of-this-again basis? I’m not being sarcastic; I genuinely don’t understand this approach, particularly to someone who has made a career of being thought-provoking (to say the least). Are you saying that there comes a point where someone is old enough that they’re to be applauded automatically for what they do, no matter how they do it? Doesn’t that suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, and isn’t that condescending to the artist?

  • Anonymous

    Your comment interests me. Are you saying that we shouldn’t think about what Bob’s doing? What choices he’s making or why he’s making them? That we should simply respond to him on a love-it/don’t-love-it-never-speak-of-this-again basis? I’m not being sarcastic; I genuinely don’t understand this approach, particularly to someone who has made a career of being thought-provoking (to say the least). Are you saying that there comes a point where someone is old enough that they’re to be applauded automatically for what they do, no matter how they do it? Doesn’t that suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, and isn’t that condescending to the artist?

  • Anonymous

    Your comment interests me. Are you saying that we shouldn’t think about what Bob’s doing? What choices he’s making or why he’s making them? That we should simply respond to him on a love-it/don’t-love-it-never-speak-of-this-again basis? I’m not being sarcastic; I genuinely don’t understand this approach, particularly to someone who has made a career of being thought-provoking (to say the least). Are you saying that there comes a point where someone is old enough that they’re to be applauded automatically for what they do, no matter how they do it? Doesn’t that suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, and isn’t that condescending to the artist?

  • Anonymous

    Your comment interests me. Are you saying that we shouldn’t think about what Bob’s doing? What choices he’s making or why he’s making them? That we should simply respond to him on a love-it/don’t-love-it-never-speak-of-this-again basis? I’m not being sarcastic; I genuinely don’t understand this approach, particularly to someone who has made a career of being thought-provoking (to say the least). Are you saying that there comes a point where someone is old enough that they’re to be applauded automatically for what they do, no matter how they do it? Doesn’t that suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, and isn’t that condescending to the artist?

  • Anonymous

    Your comment interests me. Are you saying that we shouldn’t think about what Bob’s doing? What choices he’s making or why he’s making them? That we should simply respond to him on a love-it/don’t-love-it-never-speak-of-this-again basis? I’m not being sarcastic; I genuinely don’t understand this approach, particularly to someone who has made a career of being thought-provoking (to say the least). Are you saying that there comes a point where someone is old enough that they’re to be applauded automatically for what they do, no matter how they do it? Doesn’t that suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, and isn’t that condescending to the artist?

  • Anonymous

    Your comment interests me. Are you saying that we shouldn’t think about what Bob’s doing? What choices he’s making or why he’s making them? That we should simply respond to him on a love-it/don’t-love-it-never-speak-of-this-again basis? I’m not being sarcastic; I genuinely don’t understand this approach, particularly to someone who has made a career of being thought-provoking (to say the least). Are you saying that there comes a point where someone is old enough that they’re to be applauded automatically for what they do, no matter how they do it? Doesn’t that suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, and isn’t that condescending to the artist?

  • Anonymous

    Your comment interests me. Are you saying that we shouldn’t think about what Bob’s doing? What choices he’s making or why he’s making them? That we should simply respond to him on a love-it/don’t-love-it-never-speak-of-this-again basis? I’m not being sarcastic; I genuinely don’t understand this approach, particularly to someone who has made a career of being thought-provoking (to say the least). Are you saying that there comes a point where someone is old enough that they’re to be applauded automatically for what they do, no matter how they do it? Doesn’t that suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, and isn’t that condescending to the artist?

  • Anonymous

    Your comment interests me. Are you saying that we shouldn’t think about what Bob’s doing? What choices he’s making or why he’s making them? That we should simply respond to him on a love-it/don’t-love-it-never-speak-of-this-again basis? I’m not being sarcastic; I genuinely don’t understand this approach, particularly to someone who has made a career of being thought-provoking (to say the least). Are you saying that there comes a point where someone is old enough that they’re to be applauded automatically for what they do, no matter how they do it? Doesn’t that suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, and isn’t that condescending to the artist?

  • Anonymous

    Your comment interests me. Are you saying that we shouldn’t think about what Bob’s doing? What choices he’s making or why he’s making them? That we should simply respond to him on a love-it/don’t-love-it-never-speak-of-this-again basis? I’m not being sarcastic; I genuinely don’t understand this approach, particularly to someone who has made a career of being thought-provoking (to say the least). Are you saying that there comes a point where someone is old enough that they’re to be applauded automatically for what they do, no matter how they do it? Doesn’t that suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, and isn’t that condescending to the artist?

  • Anonymous

    Your comment interests me. Are you saying that we shouldn’t think about what Bob’s doing? What choices he’s making or why he’s making them? That we should simply respond to him on a love-it/don’t-love-it-never-speak-of-this-again basis? I’m not being sarcastic; I genuinely don’t understand this approach, particularly to someone who has made a career of being thought-provoking (to say the least). Are you saying that there comes a point where someone is old enough that they’re to be applauded automatically for what they do, no matter how they do it? Doesn’t that suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, and isn’t that condescending to the artist?

  • Sandyc

    OMG of course we should think about what Mr.Dylan is doing and wondering why he makes the choices he does!! He loves to keep us guessing!! You have to agree to that!! And to suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, that just makes no sense at all. How do the GREAT ones become GREAT??? Because of there performance—-concert after concert,years after years as is the case of Mr.Dylan. Oh and you know what–were still going to see him even after 50 years!!!  Sandyc

  • Sandyc

    OMG of course we should think about what Mr.Dylan is doing and wondering why he makes the choices he does!! He loves to keep us guessing!! You have to agree to that!! And to suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, that just makes no sense at all. How do the GREAT ones become GREAT??? Because of there performance—-concert after concert,years after years as is the case of Mr.Dylan. Oh and you know what–were still going to see him even after 50 years!!!  Sandyc

  • Sandyc

    OMG of course we should think about what Mr.Dylan is doing and wondering why he makes the choices he does!! He loves to keep us guessing!! You have to agree to that!! And to suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, that just makes no sense at all. How do the GREAT ones become GREAT??? Because of there performance—-concert after concert,years after years as is the case of Mr.Dylan. Oh and you know what–were still going to see him even after 50 years!!!  Sandyc

  • Sandyc

    OMG of course we should think about what Mr.Dylan is doing and wondering why he makes the choices he does!! He loves to keep us guessing!! You have to agree to that!! And to suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, that just makes no sense at all. How do the GREAT ones become GREAT??? Because of there performance—-concert after concert,years after years as is the case of Mr.Dylan. Oh and you know what–were still going to see him even after 50 years!!!  Sandyc

  • Sandyc

    OMG of course we should think about what Mr.Dylan is doing and wondering why he makes the choices he does!! He loves to keep us guessing!! You have to agree to that!! And to suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, that just makes no sense at all. How do the GREAT ones become GREAT??? Because of there performance—-concert after concert,years after years as is the case of Mr.Dylan. Oh and you know what–were still going to see him even after 50 years!!!  Sandyc

  • Sandyc

    OMG of course we should think about what Mr.Dylan is doing and wondering why he makes the choices he does!! He loves to keep us guessing!! You have to agree to that!! And to suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, that just makes no sense at all. How do the GREAT ones become GREAT??? Because of there performance—-concert after concert,years after years as is the case of Mr.Dylan. Oh and you know what–were still going to see him even after 50 years!!!  Sandyc

  • Sandyc

    OMG of course we should think about what Mr.Dylan is doing and wondering why he makes the choices he does!! He loves to keep us guessing!! You have to agree to that!! And to suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, that just makes no sense at all. How do the GREAT ones become GREAT??? Because of there performance—-concert after concert,years after years as is the case of Mr.Dylan. Oh and you know what–were still going to see him even after 50 years!!!  Sandyc

  • Sandyc

    OMG of course we should think about what Mr.Dylan is doing and wondering why he makes the choices he does!! He loves to keep us guessing!! You have to agree to that!! And to suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, that just makes no sense at all. How do the GREAT ones become GREAT??? Because of there performance—-concert after concert,years after years as is the case of Mr.Dylan. Oh and you know what–were still going to see him even after 50 years!!!  Sandyc

  • Sandyc

    OMG of course we should think about what Mr.Dylan is doing and wondering why he makes the choices he does!! He loves to keep us guessing!! You have to agree to that!! And to suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, that just makes no sense at all. How do the GREAT ones become GREAT??? Because of there performance—-concert after concert,years after years as is the case of Mr.Dylan. Oh and you know what–were still going to see him even after 50 years!!!  Sandyc

  • Sandyc

    OMG of course we should think about what Mr.Dylan is doing and wondering why he makes the choices he does!! He loves to keep us guessing!! You have to agree to that!! And to suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, that just makes no sense at all. How do the GREAT ones become GREAT??? Because of there performance—-concert after concert,years after years as is the case of Mr.Dylan. Oh and you know what–were still going to see him even after 50 years!!!  Sandyc

  • Sandyc

    OMG of course we should think about what Mr.Dylan is doing and wondering why he makes the choices he does!! He loves to keep us guessing!! You have to agree to that!! And to suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, that just makes no sense at all. How do the GREAT ones become GREAT??? Because of there performance—-concert after concert,years after years as is the case of Mr.Dylan. Oh and you know what–were still going to see him even after 50 years!!!  Sandyc

  • Sandyc

    OMG of course we should think about what Mr.Dylan is doing and wondering why he makes the choices he does!! He loves to keep us guessing!! You have to agree to that!! And to suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, that just makes no sense at all. How do the GREAT ones become GREAT??? Because of there performance—-concert after concert,years after years as is the case of Mr.Dylan. Oh and you know what–were still going to see him even after 50 years!!!  Sandyc

  • Sandyc

    OMG of course we should think about what Mr.Dylan is doing and wondering why he makes the choices he does!! He loves to keep us guessing!! You have to agree to that!! And to suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, that just makes no sense at all. How do the GREAT ones become GREAT??? Because of there performance—-concert after concert,years after years as is the case of Mr.Dylan. Oh and you know what–were still going to see him even after 50 years!!!  Sandyc

  • Sandyc

    OMG of course we should think about what Mr.Dylan is doing and wondering why he makes the choices he does!! He loves to keep us guessing!! You have to agree to that!! And to suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, that just makes no sense at all. How do the GREAT ones become GREAT??? Because of there performance—-concert after concert,years after years as is the case of Mr.Dylan. Oh and you know what–were still going to see him even after 50 years!!!  Sandyc

  • Sandyc

    OMG of course we should think about what Mr.Dylan is doing and wondering why he makes the choices he does!! He loves to keep us guessing!! You have to agree to that!! And to suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, that just makes no sense at all. How do the GREAT ones become GREAT??? Because of there performance—-concert after concert,years after years as is the case of Mr.Dylan. Oh and you know what–were still going to see him even after 50 years!!!  Sandyc

  • Sandyc

    OMG of course we should think about what Mr.Dylan is doing and wondering why he makes the choices he does!! He loves to keep us guessing!! You have to agree to that!! And to suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, that just makes no sense at all. How do the GREAT ones become GREAT??? Because of there performance—-concert after concert,years after years as is the case of Mr.Dylan. Oh and you know what–were still going to see him even after 50 years!!!  Sandyc

  • Sandyc

    OMG of course we should think about what Mr.Dylan is doing and wondering why he makes the choices he does!! He loves to keep us guessing!! You have to agree to that!! And to suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, that just makes no sense at all. How do the GREAT ones become GREAT??? Because of there performance—-concert after concert,years after years as is the case of Mr.Dylan. Oh and you know what–were still going to see him even after 50 years!!!  Sandyc

  • Sandyc

    OMG of course we should think about what Mr.Dylan is doing and wondering why he makes the choices he does!! He loves to keep us guessing!! You have to agree to that!! And to suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, that just makes no sense at all. How do the GREAT ones become GREAT??? Because of there performance—-concert after concert,years after years as is the case of Mr.Dylan. Oh and you know what–were still going to see him even after 50 years!!!  Sandyc

  • Sandyc

    OMG of course we should think about what Mr.Dylan is doing and wondering why he makes the choices he does!! He loves to keep us guessing!! You have to agree to that!! And to suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, that just makes no sense at all. How do the GREAT ones become GREAT??? Because of there performance—-concert after concert,years after years as is the case of Mr.Dylan. Oh and you know what–were still going to see him even after 50 years!!!  Sandyc

  • Sandyc

    OMG of course we should think about what Mr.Dylan is doing and wondering why he makes the choices he does!! He loves to keep us guessing!! You have to agree to that!! And to suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, that just makes no sense at all. How do the GREAT ones become GREAT??? Because of there performance—-concert after concert,years after years as is the case of Mr.Dylan. Oh and you know what–were still going to see him even after 50 years!!!  Sandyc

  • Sandyc

    OMG of course we should think about what Mr.Dylan is doing and wondering why he makes the choices he does!! He loves to keep us guessing!! You have to agree to that!! And to suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, that just makes no sense at all. How do the GREAT ones become GREAT??? Because of there performance—-concert after concert,years after years as is the case of Mr.Dylan. Oh and you know what–were still going to see him even after 50 years!!!  Sandyc

  • Sandyc

    OMG of course we should think about what Mr.Dylan is doing and wondering why he makes the choices he does!! He loves to keep us guessing!! You have to agree to that!! And to suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, that just makes no sense at all. How do the GREAT ones become GREAT??? Because of there performance—-concert after concert,years after years as is the case of Mr.Dylan. Oh and you know what–were still going to see him even after 50 years!!!  Sandyc

  • Sandyc

    OMG of course we should think about what Mr.Dylan is doing and wondering why he makes the choices he does!! He loves to keep us guessing!! You have to agree to that!! And to suggest that the performance doesn’t matter, that just makes no sense at all. How do the GREAT ones become GREAT??? Because of there performance—-concert after concert,years after years as is the case of Mr.Dylan. Oh and you know what–were still going to see him even after 50 years!!!  Sandyc

  • youngelvis

    The concert was one of the best Dylan shows I’ve seen.  Verbal enunciation was loud and clear, and the band was on.  I thought the roof might be blown off the top of the arena on a couple of songs.  The otherwordly “Ballad of a Thin Man” with its echo effect was fierce!  Dylan was energetic and joyful, and his harp playing was wondrous and full of life.  Righteous!

  • youngelvis

    The concert was one of the best Dylan shows I’ve seen.  Verbal enunciation was loud and clear, and the band was on.  I thought the roof might be blown off the top of the arena on a couple of songs.  The otherwordly “Ballad of a Thin Man” with its echo effect was fierce!  Dylan was energetic and joyful, and his harp playing was wondrous and full of life.  Righteous!

  • youngelvis

    The concert was one of the best Dylan shows I’ve seen.  Verbal enunciation was loud and clear, and the band was on.  I thought the roof might be blown off the top of the arena on a couple of songs.  The otherwordly “Ballad of a Thin Man” with its echo effect was fierce!  Dylan was energetic and joyful, and his harp playing was wondrous and full of life.  Righteous!

  • youngelvis

    The concert was one of the best Dylan shows I’ve seen.  Verbal enunciation was loud and clear, and the band was on.  I thought the roof might be blown off the top of the arena on a couple of songs.  The otherwordly “Ballad of a Thin Man” with its echo effect was fierce!  Dylan was energetic and joyful, and his harp playing was wondrous and full of life.  Righteous!

  • youngelvis

    The concert was one of the best Dylan shows I’ve seen.  Verbal enunciation was loud and clear, and the band was on.  I thought the roof might be blown off the top of the arena on a couple of songs.  The otherwordly “Ballad of a Thin Man” with its echo effect was fierce!  Dylan was energetic and joyful, and his harp playing was wondrous and full of life.  Righteous!

  • youngelvis

    The concert was one of the best Dylan shows I’ve seen.  Verbal enunciation was loud and clear, and the band was on.  I thought the roof might be blown off the top of the arena on a couple of songs.  The otherwordly “Ballad of a Thin Man” with its echo effect was fierce!  Dylan was energetic and joyful, and his harp playing was wondrous and full of life.  Righteous!

  • youngelvis

    The concert was one of the best Dylan shows I’ve seen.  Verbal enunciation was loud and clear, and the band was on.  I thought the roof might be blown off the top of the arena on a couple of songs.  The otherwordly “Ballad of a Thin Man” with its echo effect was fierce!  Dylan was energetic and joyful, and his harp playing was wondrous and full of life.  Righteous!

  • youngelvis

    The concert was one of the best Dylan shows I’ve seen.  Verbal enunciation was loud and clear, and the band was on.  I thought the roof might be blown off the top of the arena on a couple of songs.  The otherwordly “Ballad of a Thin Man” with its echo effect was fierce!  Dylan was energetic and joyful, and his harp playing was wondrous and full of life.  Righteous!

  • youngelvis

    The concert was one of the best Dylan shows I’ve seen.  Verbal enunciation was loud and clear, and the band was on.  I thought the roof might be blown off the top of the arena on a couple of songs.  The otherwordly “Ballad of a Thin Man” with its echo effect was fierce!  Dylan was energetic and joyful, and his harp playing was wondrous and full of life.  Righteous!

  • youngelvis

    The concert was one of the best Dylan shows I’ve seen.  Verbal enunciation was loud and clear, and the band was on.  I thought the roof might be blown off the top of the arena on a couple of songs.  The otherwordly “Ballad of a Thin Man” with its echo effect was fierce!  Dylan was energetic and joyful, and his harp playing was wondrous and full of life.  Righteous!

  • youngelvis

    The concert was one of the best Dylan shows I’ve seen.  Verbal enunciation was loud and clear, and the band was on.  I thought the roof might be blown off the top of the arena on a couple of songs.  The otherwordly “Ballad of a Thin Man” with its echo effect was fierce!  Dylan was energetic and joyful, and his harp playing was wondrous and full of life.  Righteous!

  • youngelvis

    The concert was one of the best Dylan shows I’ve seen.  Verbal enunciation was loud and clear, and the band was on.  I thought the roof might be blown off the top of the arena on a couple of songs.  The otherwordly “Ballad of a Thin Man” with its echo effect was fierce!  Dylan was energetic and joyful, and his harp playing was wondrous and full of life.  Righteous!

  • youngelvis

    The concert was one of the best Dylan shows I’ve seen.  Verbal enunciation was loud and clear, and the band was on.  I thought the roof might be blown off the top of the arena on a couple of songs.  The otherwordly “Ballad of a Thin Man” with its echo effect was fierce!  Dylan was energetic and joyful, and his harp playing was wondrous and full of life.  Righteous!

  • youngelvis

    The concert was one of the best Dylan shows I’ve seen.  Verbal enunciation was loud and clear, and the band was on.  I thought the roof might be blown off the top of the arena on a couple of songs.  The otherwordly “Ballad of a Thin Man” with its echo effect was fierce!  Dylan was energetic and joyful, and his harp playing was wondrous and full of life.  Righteous!

  • youngelvis

    The concert was one of the best Dylan shows I’ve seen.  Verbal enunciation was loud and clear, and the band was on.  I thought the roof might be blown off the top of the arena on a couple of songs.  The otherwordly “Ballad of a Thin Man” with its echo effect was fierce!  Dylan was energetic and joyful, and his harp playing was wondrous and full of life.  Righteous!

  • youngelvis

    The concert was one of the best Dylan shows I’ve seen.  Verbal enunciation was loud and clear, and the band was on.  I thought the roof might be blown off the top of the arena on a couple of songs.  The otherwordly “Ballad of a Thin Man” with its echo effect was fierce!  Dylan was energetic and joyful, and his harp playing was wondrous and full of life.  Righteous!

  • youngelvis

    The concert was one of the best Dylan shows I’ve seen.  Verbal enunciation was loud and clear, and the band was on.  I thought the roof might be blown off the top of the arena on a couple of songs.  The otherwordly “Ballad of a Thin Man” with its echo effect was fierce!  Dylan was energetic and joyful, and his harp playing was wondrous and full of life.  Righteous!

  • youngelvis

    The concert was one of the best Dylan shows I’ve seen.  Verbal enunciation was loud and clear, and the band was on.  I thought the roof might be blown off the top of the arena on a couple of songs.  The otherwordly “Ballad of a Thin Man” with its echo effect was fierce!  Dylan was energetic and joyful, and his harp playing was wondrous and full of life.  Righteous!

  • youngelvis

    The concert was one of the best Dylan shows I’ve seen.  Verbal enunciation was loud and clear, and the band was on.  I thought the roof might be blown off the top of the arena on a couple of songs.  The otherwordly “Ballad of a Thin Man” with its echo effect was fierce!  Dylan was energetic and joyful, and his harp playing was wondrous and full of life.  Righteous!

  • youngelvis

    The concert was one of the best Dylan shows I’ve seen.  Verbal enunciation was loud and clear, and the band was on.  I thought the roof might be blown off the top of the arena on a couple of songs.  The otherwordly “Ballad of a Thin Man” with its echo effect was fierce!  Dylan was energetic and joyful, and his harp playing was wondrous and full of life.  Righteous!

  • youngelvis

    The concert was one of the best Dylan shows I’ve seen.  Verbal enunciation was loud and clear, and the band was on.  I thought the roof might be blown off the top of the arena on a couple of songs.  The otherwordly “Ballad of a Thin Man” with its echo effect was fierce!  Dylan was energetic and joyful, and his harp playing was wondrous and full of life.  Righteous!

  • youngelvis

    The concert was one of the best Dylan shows I’ve seen.  Verbal enunciation was loud and clear, and the band was on.  I thought the roof might be blown off the top of the arena on a couple of songs.  The otherwordly “Ballad of a Thin Man” with its echo effect was fierce!  Dylan was energetic and joyful, and his harp playing was wondrous and full of life.  Righteous!

  • youngelvis

    The concert was one of the best Dylan shows I’ve seen.  Verbal enunciation was loud and clear, and the band was on.  I thought the roof might be blown off the top of the arena on a couple of songs.  The otherwordly “Ballad of a Thin Man” with its echo effect was fierce!  Dylan was energetic and joyful, and his harp playing was wondrous and full of life.  Righteous!