In the NYT today Dwight Garner described Bob Dylan’s lyrics as “tumbling.” Can you think of a better word to describe them? Were I to pick one word to convey Dylan’s lyrics it would be that. Tumbling means down the fall line. Effortless with an occasional jolt. Natural. Prone to the gravitational force.
I was reading Mr. Garner’s article and it reminded me what a poor writer I am. In my business I don’t need to write well, I just need to write well enough to incite marketing and creative. So long as my writing doesn’t get in the way, I can make a nice living writing brand strategy. (Google “brand planners prayer.”) Bob Dylan uses words and with his own poetic vocabulary to define American music. He does it because he can and because he loves to. (I’d like to know how he did in English class.)
Writing well, having a great voice, being beautiful are not requisites for a rich life. Trying is what matters. Kudos to Mr. Dylan. Thanks for the lesson.
In these weird, weird times, Bob Dylan makes me proud to be an American.