Letter to the Editor: Bob Dylan’s performance was crafted wonderfully and humble

Tim Booth

I just read Tim Cron’s letter to the editor bashing Bob Dylan’s performance in the Tuesday, July 5, edition of Summit Daily News and had to reply because his criticisms are, in many respects, unfounded and goes to show that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

This was my first Dylan show — and I’m far too young to have been aware of him in his heyday in the ’60s — but I was enamored with seeing an 81-year-old music icon performing not just to be a “legacy act” reciting from a bunch of songs worn down to just crowd-pleasing sing alongs after 60 years of performances, but to let the music shine through. Dylan’s rootsy, bluesy set, highlighted wonderfully by a tight backup band and the master’s own now gravel-filled voice, was quite impressive.

And Cron is wrong if he thinks Dylan didn’t perform any of the songs from his amazing catalog. Perhaps he is unfamiliar with “You Gotta Serve Somebody,” among a couple of other great pieces from his past.

Had Cron read any of the reviews from recent Dylan performances on this tour in advance (the L.A. Times, Seattle Times and Variety all had terrific, appreciative accounts), perhaps he would have been better prepared for what came to pass: A master practicing his craft, not bathed in a spotlight and not to feed his ego (or his ample wallet) but just for the sake of making the art.

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