#AtoZChallenge Reflections


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The Reflections post is a tradition at the April A to Z Blogging Challenge, so while I’m busy with edits and revisions on my forthcoming new novel, I’m taking a quick break to ‘reflect.’

I’ve done this April Challenge for eight years now, and I’ll keep doing it as long as I’m able. By this point, I worry less about how many people read my posts and comment on them and more about coming up with a good topic.

I thought showcasing Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan was a good idea. Because these A to Z posts typically (for me) highlight music, food, books, or travel, a Dylan theme fit right in. I always check ahead of time to make sure I can cover the difficult letters, and it seemed that, for the most part, I did. But to make it a little more interesting, I found clips of other people covering Dylan songs. And there were lots of them – at least for the more popular tunes.

I did have a harder time this year following other bloggers – I wanted to, and I’ve subscribed to many, many blogs, but I found myself with less time to read the posts. So, my apologies for not liking and commenting as often as I should have. Maybe next year I’ll do better.

How about you? Did you enjoy the Dylan theme? I have a few ideas for next year already, but you’re always welcome to make suggestions!

I’ll leave you with a fabulous rendition of “Like a Rolling Stone,” performed on the David Letterman Show with a group of all-star backup singers.

#AtoZ Dylan – “D” is for Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right


“All I can do is be me, whoever that is.” ~ Bob Dylan 

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Apologies to all of you who opened this post from your inbox this morning and saw nothing! I don’t know what happened, but here is the post:

“Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” was recorded in November 1962 and released on the 1963 album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. The song was used on the television series Mad Men and Friday Night Lights, among others.

Click here for a link to the lyrics.

“Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” has been covered by a lot of people, including Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Bobby Darin, Glen Campbell, and Gordon Lightfoot. This version, by Ed Sheeran, is worth a listen:

 

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#AtoZ Dylan – “B” is for Blowin’ in the Wind


“All I can do is be me, whoever that is.” ~ Bob Dylan

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Written in 1962, “Blowin’ in the Wind” appeared on Dylan’s album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan in 1963. Fifty-seven years later, we still don’t know the answers to the questions he posed in the song. Click HERE for a link to the lyrics.

“Blowin’ in the Wind” quickly became symbolic to the civil rights movement, and was recorded by The New World Singers, then sung by Peter, Paul & Mary on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in August 1963, just hours before Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his memorable ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. Others have recorded it, of course, including Glen Campbell, Stevie Wonder, and Dolly Parton. Of all the covers of BITW, this is my favorite:

 

 

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Listen Up! “A” is for Accordion


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Welcome to the 2015 Blogging from A to Z Challenge! This is my fourth year participating, and I hope you enjoy this month of blog posts. I try to keep them short, as I know you’re visiting a number of bloggers this month.

“A” is for accordion! Believed to have been invented in the early 1800s, by 1874, the yearly production rate was 700,000. It’s traditionally been used to perform folk and ethnic music.

Listen to “La Mer” played by Hideshi Kibi: