Bob Dylan is considered by many as one of the most influential musicians and songwriters of all time. In a list made by Rolling Stones he was placed as the second best artists of all time falling behind only the Beatles. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-greatest-artists-of-all-time-19691231 It is not simply that Bob Dylan is amazing as a musician but also as a lyricist having his songs covered by stars like Adele “Make You Feel My Love” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0put0_a--Ng and Jimi Hendrix “All Along the Watchtower” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLV4_xaYynY. His songs were so powerful that one of them “Blowin in the Wind”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWwgrjjIMXA served as an anthem for the civil rights movement. Bob Dylan was an inspiration to many and even John Lennon has been quoted to say “I'd have a separate songwriting John Lennon who wrote songs for the meat market, and I didn’t' consider them (the lyrics or anything) to have any depth at all … Then I started being me about the songs, not writing them objectively, but subjectively. … I'd started thinking about my own emotions. … Instead of projecting myself into a situation, I would try to express what I felt about myself. … It was Dylan who helped me realise that”. http://www.aaronkrerowicz.com/beatles-blog/bob-dylans-influence-on-the-beatles Bob Dylan was an inspiration for John Lennon to start to think of his lyrics from a more artistic, less fan pleasing point of view and this led to a turning point in the quality of his lyrics.
Times They Are Changin’ Bob Dylan Live
What I believe is distinctly noticeable about Bob Dylan is that even now after 50 years he is still making new music. As Gardner brought up in his book on creativity, for people who are truly creative there is a need for their expression of creativity that cannot be put out. To Bob Dylan I believe it is less about the product and more about the process of creating which is why even though he has had countless hits and has made huge amounts of money he cannot stop. Bob Dylan does not simply go with what the world wants from him. Bob Dylan is notorious for changing himself and his style. When Bob Dylan “plugged in” and went from folk song writing to a more Rock and Roll style of music many of his fans felt betrayed and believed he was selling out. I believe that rather than “selling out” Bob Dylan was simply allowing his creative impulses to take him where they led him no matter what his fans thought. In an interview with Time magazine Bob Dylan says that he “just writes” making it sound as if the lyrics are just gushing out of him not from necessarily a point of deep reflection but rather on pure creative instincts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnl5X5MQKTg This can be reflected when looking at original write ups of his songs seemingly done on the spur of the moment inspiration many on simple scraps of paper.
Bob Dylan’s creativity is reflected in almost every one of his songs. With interesting lyrics and a singing/talking tone all his own there is clearly a unique flair to his music. Bob Dylan in the course of his long music career has covered many genres including country, rock and roll, folk, and even gospel and through this variety he has left a mark in each influencing others and providing countless inspiring songs.