Sunday 19 Mar 2017
Farewell To Chuck
by Colin Larkin
By Colin Larkin October 14, 2016 09:50
Yesterday the greatest musical poet of all time was recognised by the academic posho elite and received the Nobel Prize For Literature. In typical Bobness modesty he performed at a gig last night in Las Vegas and made no mention of it. Celebrity and fame do not sit comfortably with Bob. I have often defended his voice against his lyrical talent to dozens of moaning minnies who use the old 'he can't sing' chestnut. Well he can sing, it's just that, in whatever voice Bob has used over the past 60 years it has always been the words. The words, the words, the words, and some truly remarkable melody that goes with many of those words.
A couple of weeks ago a business associalte played to me 'Don't Think Twice It's Alright', a song I have heard a thousand times. He played it through superb Meridian speakers using MQA enhanced sound technology. I was completely blown away and for the first time in my life I did not hear the words. The quality of his voice was amazing, as was the harmonica and the simple guitar. Sure his voice is pretty ropey now that he is a very old man, but all of his words are just as perfect as they ever were.