I’m back the day after my first Bob Dylan concert. I drove to Louisville, KY yesterday with a great friend Mark McKee to see the man whose music I’ve been consumed by for over a year. As a side I figured Mark was actually going with me just because he likes concerts and concert T-shirts, but discovered that he IS a fan. Thanks again Mark for a great trip!
I’ve always kind of like Dylan, but really only knew his popular stuff (i.e. Like a Rolling Stone, Rainy Day Women, Lay Lady Lay, etc.). But about this time last year I watched Martin Scorcese’s documentary “No Direction Home” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Direction_Home).
I loved the music. So I got the soundtrack. I was hooked and, as Sarah can tell you, have listened to that 2 CD set a million times. This spun me off into reading a little about Dylan and discovering his music more broadly. I’m still hooked and it seemed the natural next step to actually go see Dylan in concert. So there you go. I won’t bore you with a musical analysis or his poetic value or as I get asked constantly, “Is Bob Dylan a Christian?”
What I will write about is what I think is cool and I wonder why. Maybe you can give me insights into my own warped mind and psyche and soul.
Let me give you a few snapshots of my history of what I think is cool:
1. Any Barboursville Junior High/High School athlete who was a teenager from about 1985-1990 is cool. Probably has to do with my age, but people like Craig Jefferey, Shad Herrenkohl, Sean Rucker, Brandon Simpson, and more were cool icon’s to me at an early age. Very few of you know who these people are. But I am very much the type of personality that I am today because of these guys. Pretty scary I know.
2. I think smoking is cool. I think it looks cool, smells cool, sounds cool. And if it wasn’t bad for my health I would smoke. I’ll even take it one step further. This is going to sound kind of stupid. If I live to be about 70, maybe 65, I think I’ll probably start smoking. How much damage can smoking do in 10 years and when you’re 80 you’re getting close anyhow, right?
3. I think being a jake (shirt tail out, hair messed up, shoe untied, etc) is cool. This isn’t really original. I think not caring about your appearance has always been compelling to people. I remember pulling this off pretty well ever since about sophmore year of high school. I typically don’t comb my hair, match my clothes, etc, unless in a formal semi formal setting. I’m dead wrong on this because it is so wide spread, but I think I invented the half tuck. I remember playing basketball with khaki pants and a t shirt in gym one day and after going to the bath room and seeing that my shirt had come half untucked, I really liked that look. No one that I knew of was doing that. So I purposely started tucking only part of my shirt in. That is every where now. Either I invented it or this is a natural discovery of all adolescent boys in my generation.
Therefore, I think that’s why I like Bob Dylan. And I think it’s because he wraps up 1-3 in a nutshell. He smokes, doesn’t care what people think, isn’t the most talented singer but has charisma and found his niche.
Now, dissect THAT you arm chair psychologists out there who read my blog. I’ve bared the cool part of my soul. Kind of scary.