> I am assuming you rather read poetry than listen to music?
Hell no. When I listen to music, I value melody, timbre, rhythm, structure and arrangement far more than lyrics. I come from the world of literature. Masses of words don't impress me. Anybody can write pages of lyrics. Some think it's deep; I think it's more often lack of discipline, being unable to say more with less, being unwilling to work the words so that they're more economical, more fluid, and more eloquent. Early Bruce Springsteen was absolutely crippled by this. It was young writing, writing that didn't know how to shape the words so that the lines aren't bogged down by inconsequential words.
Bob Dylan's approach to songwriting is precisely what I don't like. He says he only cares about the words, not the melody, which is why he doesn't like playing a song the same way twice. From my point of view, if he's going to do that, then why not just write poetry? The music is irrelevant anyway in his approach, and I find his sounds and instrumentation tired and repetitive. Why be in music if you don't want to explore the aspect that makes music unique, which is the sound? He's certainly never had an arrangement as interesting as "The Boxer", or a chordal progression as sophisticated as "Mrs. Robinson". I've been arguing for years, when Bob Dylan does get a more interesting sound on his records, it's usually the work of other people -- The Band, Daniel Lanois, Scarlet Rivera, Mark Knopfler. People who are sound-oriented, rather than content with this "rootsy" guitar-piano-harmonica stuff all the time, a sound that bores me to tears. Neil Young has certainly taken that basis and done far more interesting things with it. Bob Dylan's words make both good poetry and good lyrics. It's not that Bob Dylan doesn't know how to shape words, because his words flow very well. It's just that his base melodies wore out so many years ago that by this point, it's just putting different clothes (words) onto the same tired frame (melody/structure). Bob Dylan's music stopped expanding its emotional palette decades ago.
But to say Paul Simon writes better lyrics -- or better poetry -- than Bob Dylan? Lord.
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