I remember this song when I was about 14 (1974)... and perhaps the fact that I'm turning 50 this week brings about a certain nostalgia (albeit not necessarily for Bob Dylan's music)! I picked this text up at CCIRA.
My wife and I have given this book to our friends who love Dylan and who lived in his era. The illustrations are amazing and a trip down memory lane for many friends who grew up listening to Dylan's music (trip, interesting word choice). I love the illustrations of Paul Rogers... he's captured the 1960s well (like a "Where's Waldo" for the Dylan set). Can you find the references to Lay, Lady, Lay or Blowin' in the Wind or Woody Guthrie? Brilliant.
Musically, I love Audra Mae's version. My own children like Rod Stewart's version. But this book holds itself to true Dylan style. Students will look at it as a lovely poem with a repeating line... I look at it as a great piece of text with words that speak volumes. You can even see it animated at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hc-a1kP7ITA
My friends want to make #50 a big deal and, frankly, I'm not in the mood. They don't realize that I sincerely want this birthday to pass along smoothly, with perhaps a hug and a bit of reminiscing, maybe a quiet cup of coffee after work or perhaps dinner together in the coming weeks. I want to reflect and have a peaceful day... no confetti, no balloons, no black arm bands or "Over the Hill" decor. I hope they'll understand...