Enjoy Simple English 2021/4/21, 28 (水) Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan, the American singer, was born in the northern U.S. in 1941. He released his first album in 1962 and quickly became popular. By 1964, he was playing around 200 concerts a year. Today, Dylan is over 70 years old but still goes on tour around the world. For over 50 years, he has been loved and respected by many people.
In 2016, Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Basically that means he took old styles, like the blues, and changed them into his own style. These changes were sometimes difficult for people to understand at first. But people compared the words in Dylan’s songs to their own lives, and the songs became important for them.
In his hit single “Blowin’ in the Wind,” Dylan sings,
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind
-“Blowin’ in the Wind”
People sometimes ask him what this song means. He explains that you can’t find answers in a book or in TV shows, or by talking with people. The answers are “blowing in the wind.”
Some people think that all of Dylan’s songs are folk songs that are against war, but he wrote those songs back in the 1960s. Later he wrote about his feelings or experiences other people had. He tried many different types of music, including everything from church music to punk rock. Sometimes the media and even his fans said bad things about his music. But Dylan continued to search for a type of music that was right for him. He said, “I wanted to find my home in
For Dylan, the words always came first when creating songs. His friends said, “Even when he was on tour or was recording, he sat at his typewriter and wrote songs.”
Writing music is not his job. It is his life.
When Dylan writes music, he always writes the words first. Then, he adds the music. The recording for his 1965 hit song “Like a Rolling Stone” shows this style. In the studio, Dylan did not tell the musicians what kind of music he was going to record. He just suddenly started singing into the microphone, and the musicians had to play along with him the best they could.
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?
-“Like a Rolling Stone”
release ~ (新製品など)を発売する
around the world 世界中
the Nobel Prize for Literature ノーベル文学賞
having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition 偉大なアメリカの歌の伝統という枠組みの中で新たな詩的表現を創造した
compare – to … 〜をになぞらえる
“Blowin’ in the Wind” 「風に吹かれて」
folk song 民謡、フォークソング
back in the 1960s 1960年代に(さかのぼって)
including -, ~を含めて
search for -, ~を探求する
rolling stone 転がる石、風来坊
to be on your own ひとりぼっちで
with no direction home 帰る家もなく