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This award is given to artists who showcase a profound meaning in their writings. Often songwriters will tell me that songwriting is a form of poetry. The artist is trying to express an inner meaning in their narrative.
As I did a little research on Bob Dylan, I became intrigued by his work.
Dylan grew up in an orthodox Jewish family. So, in those crucial forming years of his youth, Dylan was in an environment of Biblical knowledge. In his adult years, Dylan seemed to separate himself from of organized religion, but was very much guided by a sense of the Divine in his writings.
While Dylan may not come across as devout or holy by any means, he certainly respects the Bible and has many times used the stories in the Bible in his literature. Like most poets, he hides the deep meaning of his writings in a subtle way in which he makes the audience hunt for it.
Dylan is not going to tell you what his songs mean. He wants his work to be somewhat elusive, so he keeps the audience at bay with a cloud of mystery as to the true meaning of his writings. However, in Dylan you can see patterns. Every great artist will leave echoes of themes implanted in their work.
In his song Blowing in the Wind, Dylan asks the elementary questions in the following verses: How many seas must a white dove sail before she sleeps in the sand?
When will there be peace? And then comes his famous answer. What does this wind mean? Is it blowing by me? Ahh, but when you read it through Biblical lens, the profound meaning of the song makes sense.
In the Bible, the Holy Spirit is always associated with wind. So, Jesus went on to connect that this Spirit is associated with wind see John 3: The Hebrew word for the Spirit of God is ruach - which means wind, breath, and spirit.
Wind was meant to mean the breath of God and from this breath comes creation. Also in Exodus Dylan hints that the deepest answer to our most fundamental questions of who am I is not found in politics, or through our efforts.
The answer is in the Holy Spirit — the 3rd person of God. This writing seems to be about two people — a man and a woman, who have a lot of baggage and despair in their lives. The line of tangled up in blue can be interpreted as a metaphor in which they are chained up in their sin.
And every one of them words rang true. And glowed like burning coal. Pouring off of every page like it was written in my soul from me to you. It was none other than the great Catholic writer Dante Alighieri. Here, Dante illustrates his journey from the dark depths of sin, to the mountain peak in which the human person is free from the chains of sin and can now fly.
It is based on a passage from the 24th chapter of the book of Joshua. After the Israelites had completed their conquest of the Promised Land, Joshua assembled the people and posed to them a blunt choice: Dylan translates this into his distinctive poetry: You might like to gamble, you might like to dance.Posted by thehitformula in Singer-songwriters, Songwriting Ideas, Songwriting tips, Writing lyrics Tags: 'Like A Rolling Stone', Bob Dylan, books about songwriting, formula for writing a hit song, hit song formula, how to write a hit song, song lyrics, song writing, songwriters, songwriting, songwriting advice, songwriting formula, songwriting.
Guitarist and lead singer Wesley Schultz called recently, from a tour stop in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to discuss the challenges of large venues, the popularity of Americana music, songwriting, Bob Dylan.
So here is Bob Dylan’s songwriting advice—folk songs, truth, great lyrics, and big ideas.
On Folk Songs “Folk songs are evasive—the truth about life, and life is more or less a lie, but then again that’s exactly the way we want it to be.
We wouldn’t be comfortable with it any other way. FAQ Answers to frequently asked questions about Bob Dylan. At John Howells' site; Who's Who - The Bob Dylan Who's Who offers extracts from discussions on kaja-net.com /HWYL about people connected with Dylan and characters from his songs.
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