What I learned From A Musical Legend

Last night, we saw a musical icon perform and I came away with more than an evening’s entertainment.

Young Bob DylanWho did we see?

Here’s a hint (I mean in addition to the picture of this legend earlier in life) . . .

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone

If you are from the pampered generation (that’s the one that currently uses Pampers . . . or Huggies or Depends, whatever is on sale), you already know who we saw.

That’s right, we saw the great Bob Dylan. The Bob Dylan.

If you did not recognize the lyrics, they are from Dylan’s 1965 classic, Like A Rolling Stone, which Rolling Stone Magazine has named the greatest song ever written!

Check it out.

In the history of music there have been a gazillion songs written (give or take) but you just listened to the GOAT . . . numbero uno.

I have to be straight with you. I’m not a Dylanophile (did I just make up a word?). I mean, I knew who he was and I knew many of his songs. I’ve always liked Lay, Lady, Lay. But I never quite knew what to make of his raspy singing voice.

So after seeing the show last night, I decided to do some research and learn more about Dylan.

You’ll find a brief but fascinating biography of him here.

If you’re in a hurry, here’s a quick summary . . .

Who Is Bob Dylan?

Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota.

He started making music early. Influenced by the likes of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard, young Dylan formed his own bands, including The Golden Chords, as well as a group he fronted under the pseudonym Elston Gunn. (This paragraph, alone, gives you enough trivia to drink free all night at your local watering hole.)

Zimmerman attended the University of Minnesota where he performed folk and country songs at local cafes and adopted the name “Bob Dylan” after the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.

Dylan dropped out of the University of Minnesota and moved to New York where he began writing songs, including Song to Woody, a tribute to his ailing hero, Woody Guthrie.

In the fall of 1961, then 20-year-old Dylan signed a recording contract with Columbia Records and the rest, as they say, is history.

Over more than 50 years of recording, Dylan has released 35 studio albums. Some of his most memorable songs have been Blowin’ in the Wind (1963), The Times They Are A-Changin’ (1964), Mr. Tambourine Man (1965) and Just Like a Woman (1966).

His latest album, Tempest, was just released in September, 2012, and Dylan is on tour in November, 2012, when I am writing this, promoting the new album.

So what has all of this got to do with a blog about being healthier, happier and more successful . . . at any age.

The Take-Away Lesson: Boogie Oogie Oogie Till You Just Can’t Boogie No More

At 71, after more than 50 years of writing his distinctive music and performing it in his unique gravely-voiced style, Dylan is still lighting up audiences.

He proves still again that you are never too old to accomplish great things.

Keep doing what you do. Keep rockin’, brother.

(Thanks to the Group A Taste Of Honey for the memorable lyrics that I used to express this lesson.)

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