Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan: An Evolving Songwriter

Episode 2

Episode date - June 15, 2007

How Music Changed

    We continue our series of shows on Bob Dylan with this second installment. The first episode focused mostly on Dylan’s early days in New York, his attempts to fit in (perhaps it's more accurate to say "his attempts to stand out"), and his eventual acceptance by the folk revival scene. Today’s show covers the sudden and dramatic improvement in the quality – and quantity – of Bob Dylan’s songwriting capabilities.

    Best of all, we have the expert assistance of Bob and Arlene Levinson, a husband/wife radio duo (sound familiar?) who host the program "Positively Dylan" on 90.3 FM, WHPC in Garden City every Friday evening at 7 PM.

    The intense impact that Dylan's songwriting had on the New York folk community, and eventually the entire globe, cannot be overstated. It is interesting to note that Dylan’s first album contained two original songs, while the second album contained only two that were not original. Mostly because of Dylan’s work, the folk ‘revival’ movement shifted its focus from the restoration of historical music to creating a thoroughly brand new, vital and original style of songwriting that combined surreal observation and personal expression. The effect of Dylan’s songwriting would eventually ripple through other styles as well, and change our very notion of what a ‘song’ was. These words can barely scratch the surface of Dylan's relevance at this point in his career, so click above and listen to the show!

    ...and once again, thanks so much to Bob and Arlene for their expertise and their kindness.

    Here’s a list of songs covered in today’s program;

    Baby, I’m in the Mood for You

    A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall

    Mixed Up Confusion

    Girl from the North Country

    Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues

    Masters of War

    Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

    Oxford Town

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