Bob Dylan : Nobel speech

12 Dec

” When I started writing songs as a teenager, and even as I started to achieve some renown for my abilities, my aspirations for these songs only went so far. I thought they could be heard in coffee houses or bars, maybe later in places like Carnegie Hall, the London Palladium. If I was really dreaming big, maybe I could imagine getting to make a record and then hearing my songs on the radio. That was really the big prize in my mind. Making records and hearing your songs on the radio meant that you were reaching a big audience and that you might get to keep doing what you had set out to do.

Well, I’ve been doing what I set out to do for a long time, now. I’ve made dozens of records and played thousands of concerts all around the world. But it’s my songs that are at the vital center of almost everything I do. They seemed to have found a place in the lives of many people throughout many different cultures and I’m grateful for that.

But there’s one thing I must say. As a performer I’ve played for 50,000 people and I’ve played for 50 people and I can tell you that it is harder to play for 50 people. 50,000 people have a singular persona, not so with 50. Each person has an individual, separate identity, a world unto themselves. They can perceive things more clearly. Your honesty and how it relates to the depth of your talent is tried. The fact that the Nobel committee is so small is not lost on me. ”

― Bob Dylan


“To me [the award] is like pinning a medal on Mount Everest for being the highest mountain.” ―Leonard Cohen. I am more into the other master. Bob Dylan is truly Mount Everest of songwriting. The greatest.

Bob Dylan of course took time to respond to Nobel award and Banquet speech by Bob Dylan given by the United States Ambassador to Sweden Azita Raji.

There is no doubt this is a most wonderful recognition and fresh air. The last time felt something special  was in 1995 when my friend had showed me a three page print out. I asked ” What is this”. She had answered ” email”. She told me it’s part of a university project and her friend had sent her. I knew something special is in store. Internet.

This for today. Now next year Nobel should remember the other master. I will be grateful.

Till then remember  the genius of Dylan ” A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.” ( Dylan)

Have a good day dear friends!

Love, Suresh


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