200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s

I expected more Dylan from Pitchfork’s list. Or maybe that’s just because I’ve been listening to so much Dylan lately.

To me, “The Times They Are A-Changin”‘ is pure wonder. I can barely believe that one, quite young, man wrote this Sermon on the Mount Part II. It’s like the song has always existed. That first verse, “Come gather round people/where ever you roam…” gives me chills every time I hear it.

I have this strange thing that when I look at old pictures of talented people, I think about their future work. Like everything you will create is already in your mind, you just have to grab it. Like looking at pictures of the Beatles in Hamburg, you have to really think hard that these are the same guys that will write “A Day in the Life.”

You are lucky if you grab the creative and do it, and let people know about it. By studying old folk songs, and living that lifestyle, Dylan was able to perfectly emmulate, and actually improve upon, folk music in a way no one could have imagined. He has an old soul.

Anyway, I am disappointed that no early Dylan songs were included in Pitchfork’s list. And out of nowhere the Jackson 5 get #2. It should have been “Be My Baby,” a song that inspired so many, including Brian Wilson.

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    • Minnetonkafelix
    • August 22nd, 2006 1:50pm

    Bob Dylan is beyond description. I have loved Dylan since I heard “Like A Rolling Stone” when it was released..yes I am old enough to remember it on AM Radio. Everyone else was imitating the British Invasion, or the Motown Sound, and then over there just blowing people away on his own was Dylan.

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