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Wednesday, February 09, 2005


One day a couple months ago, driving, listening to Oldies on the radio, Dylan comes on, "Memphis Blues Again," and it struck me, -- he's like Monk, the way their phrasing bends musical time into their own ear-grabbing shapes, impossible to ignore.

Meant to post on it, forgot to, and remembered again a few weeks later when I read Dylan's memoir, and he mentioned seeing Monk play in the early '60s in New York, and digging him.

I wouldn't call Dylan the Thelonious Monk of rock -- it was a momentary impression, and the differences are so deep -- but I did call Dylan the Picasso of rock, and was gratified to read in his "Chronicles" that Dylan found Picasso inspiring.

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