Category Archives: Bob Dylan

Another View from the Train

Bob Dylan has been riding the rails for a long time, at least since he got pulled from a trainload of fools caught in a magnetic field and called to prophesy. The cover of the new album, Tempest, is as … Continue reading

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Saving Grace

While the ‘justified by faith alone’ crowd brings out the strawman of faith versus works, as Alister McGrath points out in his extensive historical survey of the doctrine of justification, the contention is rather between salvation by grace and justification … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan in China

The mass media take on Bob Dylan’s first concert in China is that he didn’t sing his protest songs. Of course, the mass media wouldn’t know a protest song unless it agreed with their consensus. Anyway, here’s the setlist (from … Continue reading

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Dozen Dylan

The Times They Are AChangin’ * Blonde on Blonde * Blood on the Tracks Slow Train Coming Infidels Empire Burlesque Oh, Mercy * Time Out of Mind Love and Theft Modern Times * Tell Tale Signs

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1981 Dylan Interview

Here’s a little excerpt from a 1981 Bob Dylan interview: Herman: And you quoted him in a Playboy interview a few years ago, … You said Henry Miller said that the role of an artist is to inoculate the world … Continue reading

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Forgetful Heart

At the first concert of his summer ballpark tour, Bob Dylan sang Forgetful Heart, somewhat differently from the recent Together Through Life album, of course!

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Desolation Row

Over at RightWingBob, Sean Curnyn writes: It is curious to me, by the way, that the clearinghouse for all conceivable Bob Dylan-related news, Expecting Rain, has not featured a single link over the past several days related to the brutal … Continue reading

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Not Sentimental

As Dylan says … Well my Captain he’s decorated – he’s well schooled and he’s skilled My Captain, he’s decorated – he’s well schooled and he’s skilled He’s not sentimental – don’t bother him at all How many of his … Continue reading

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Tell Tale Signs

My favorite review of Dylan’s new album is by Josh Hurst who concludes: The level of consistency in this set is remarkable, belying its label as a “bootleg.” In fact, for all intents and purposes, Disc 1 feels like a … Continue reading

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Mississippi Sanctification

Dylan’s Mississippi seems to me a lovely song of growing maturity: Every step of the way we walk the line Your days are numbered, so are mine Time is pilin’ up, we struggle and we scrape We’re all boxed in, … Continue reading

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Dylan’s Red River Shore

From Tell Tale Signs: Red River Shore Some of us turn off the lights and we laugh In the moonlight shooting by Some of us scare ourselves to death in the dark To be where the angels fly Pretty maids … Continue reading

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Mercy and Kingdom Politics

I’ve been blogging mostly about politics lately at thomasgwyndunbar.wordpress.com. Speaking of politics, there’s secular politics and then there’s kingdom politics, i.e. ecclesiology. Bob Dylan’s 1989 album Oh, Mercy has interesting songs on both the political world and the church world: … Continue reading

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