No, this is not a bad joke. I realize a lot of people aren’t much for Bob Dylan. But I think the guy is brilliant. How else can someone with a garbled voice like his become one of the most influential singer-songwriters of all time?
But even I was surprised to read on CNN that last month he almost won the Nobel Peace Prize in literature. He was edged out by a Chinese author named Mo Yan. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences praised the way Mo’s “hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary.” Heck, that sounds a lot like Dylan to me.
You probably don’t read Rolling Stone very much and neither do I. But the cover of a recent issue caught my eye. I grabbed it and discovered a fascinating interview. Much of what Dylan said was perplexing. I admit the guy might have fried a few too many neurons along the way. But I could not put the article down. . .
I can impersonate Bob Dylan. It’s a skill I’ve been honing since my years at Ohio State. So I used my “Dylan voice” to sing/read his lines in the interview. I got a big kick out of it, but my wife and kids left the room.
Anyway, I’m not necessarily recommending you read the interview. But there’s a part of it I just had to share:
Interviewer: The audience . . . really loves you.
Dylan: . . . They think they do. They love the music and the songs I play, not me.
Interviewer: Why do you say that?
Dylan: Because that’s the way people are. People say they love a lot of things, but they really don’t. It’s just a word that’s been overused. When you put your life on the line for somebody—that’s love. But you’ll never know it until you’re in the moment. When someone will die for you, that’s love . . .
I think Bob Dylan knows a lot about what love is. He also knows a lot about what love isn’t. I wish we all could discern the difference with Dylan’s razor-sharp edge. There’d be a lot less disappointment. And fewer unwanted pregnancies.
Bob Dylan—like all of us—is always searching for real love. But it’s right there in front of us all the time at the cross. It’s tangible. It’s pure. It’s dependable. It’s unending.
Jesus: Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
Remember who He is. Remember what He’s done. You are now in the moment to know Love.
PS Jesus deserves to win The Ultimate Nobel Peace Prize—and more! Agreed?