Bob Dylan on one of David Letterman last shows

Last night Bob Dylan appeared on David Letterman’s penultimate show. I was overawed by Dylan’s performance of the aptly titled, The Night we called It a Day from Dylan’s latest album masterpiece, Shadows In The Night. He was like an old craftsman of music on stage. His demeanour was not unlike a boxer getting pumped up for a big fight. His jittery ways have always been there and why he’s remained so fresh and innovative. The HD quality you tube reproduction below makes you almost feel you were there. Just sublime in every respect. The fact that many of Dylan’s own fans thought he was miming his own performance just tells you how grand this was.

Letterman introduced him, ‘Greatest songwriter of our generation’, yet singing a song he didn’t write….

As Huck put it from Expecting Rain:

For 50 years Dylan has been cursed by those who lock him into one style of music, one particular voice, or one decade.
The Letterman video has prompted more posts about how demented or terrified he looked than how great the performance was, too good in fact to be live. A 73-year-old guy who has just completed numerous live gigs does not look the way people want him to look, he did not sing what they wanted to hear. And according to some he did not thank the host when he clearly did. No wonder he says nothing during live shows, just too many experts, with not much happening in their lives, to please.

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5 comments on “Bob Dylan on one of David Letterman last shows
  1. ohyo says:

    Hi, I also thought Dylan’s performance was sublime. The lighting was great, and the performance was subdued. I’m not familiar with the song, but I didn’t struggle to make out all the lyrics. Instead, I let it wash over me. Dylan has been doing this for a long time. I thought about all of his other performances, how he pre-dated the Beatles and how much he’s seen. How I saw him many years ago in College at a live performance on campus. I liked watching how he accepted Dave’s thanks and moved to the side; restless or humbly.
    Thanks for posting.

    • Now that you mention it the lighting was great. I also admired how he accepted the award. The song is from his latest album, ‘Shadows in the Night’. In fact you can find it on you tube. Bob Dylan released his very own video to ‘The Night We Called it a Day’ complete with a 1940’s noir story. I adore his new album. I can’t play it enough. His voice is exceptionally smooth and the passion underlying each lyric is communicated so masterfully. He has a great deal of respect of the wellspring of Musica Americana. Thank you for dropping by.

  2. Thom Hickey says:

    Thanks. Bob never fits in anyone’s box of expectations. Regards thom

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