Earlier this month, Bob Dylan, one of the most successful, well-known, and celebrated musicians—if not somewhat controversial—in our history, won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. Dylan is the first musician to receive the award, and his selection sparked many discussions on whether or not he truly deserved the prize due to the fact that he is a songwriter instead of an author.
All debates aside, there is no question that Dylan is a masterful storyteller. The messages and lessons that his music communicates transcend time and are ones to which we can instantly relate, no matter the generation we grew up in. Regardless of age, we are all bound to know a song or two by him. We’re sure you’ve probably familiar with some of his most famous tunes, like The Times They Are A Changin’ or Like a Rolling Stone.
And if for some reason you haven’t, we think you best be gettin’ on it, because there’s a reason the Swedish Academy selected him as the recipient “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”:
Come gather ’round people wherever you roam
And admit that the waters around you have grown
And accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone,
For the times they are a’ changin’
Not only do we agree with Bob that our time is worth saving, we also think that his music is a perfect example of what we’re trying to do here at the Nostalgia Diaries. With the first few guitar chords, you’re bound to be transported back in time to a place, an event, a moment, a feeling. Does his music evoke a thought of simpler, easier times? Some may think so in the wake of current world events. Other may disagree (indeed, the 60’s was no picnic). But the questions found in Dylan’s music and words are sure to make you stop and think.
And that combination? Music to our ears, for sure.