Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Bob Dylan in Concert

Bob Dylan, Oct 7, 2010
October 6, 2010 at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida.
by Janet Sarduy-Genn, Scott Genn

I don't think that I would have ever volunteered to go to a Bob Dylan concert had it not been for my husband & his father's love for the man. I have the utmost respect for Bob. I'd just never had the proper exposure to his work to make him part of my musical repertoire. So I bit the bullet & agreed to go with them to the concert. I had to. Not just because I wanted to make my honey happy but as someone who wants to be in music, I have to be flexible when it comes to what I will listen to. I cannot claim to be musically liberal if I'm shooting things down. If I want others to give artists a chance, I have to lead by example. Plus how often does someone get to see a real legend that spans 50 years and counting. 

Nova South Eastern University is about 10 - 15 minutes away from where I live. It took us over an hour to get to a parking spot. A sold out concert of approximately 4,500 and it didn't occur to the hosts of this event to coordinate traffic with the City of Davie Police a little better? There was also the previewing of "Motherhood" the musical in an adjacent theater which started 50 minutes late because of the parking nightmare. We sat in the car hoping that our show would not start on time. We thought they would take the fact that most of their audience was out on the street into consideration. After paying $10 and finally parking, we walked what seemed like half a mile to the building. There we found out that Dylan had been on stage for an hour. AN HOUR! I don't think Nova was prepared for this type of venue. By I digress.

We made our way through the crowd to our floor seats where the view was pretty good. To my surprise, Dylan didn't sound half bad himself. I'd been warned that I may not be able to understand what he was saying but that wasn't the case. I could clearly make out one of the few songs I was familiar with, "Highway 61". I tried filming the song from my Motorola Backflip so that I could post it along with this blog. Later I learned that the sound was indecipherable and the image not so great either. I found myself actually enjoying the music. There was a Blue-sy aspect that I dug. Dylan seemed to be enjoying himself. There were frequent smiles while he grooved along with the tunes. A familiar smell arose mysteriously from somewhere in the crowd which was not exactly a surprise. There was a general curiosity to see where it was coming from but ultimately all were resigned to discretely enjoy the aroma in a setting were it was almost called for.

We got to see about a half an hours worth plus an encore closing with "Like a Rolling Stone". What a tease! I got a chance to see a living legend give a rare, good performance and it was over before we could really even get settled. On the bright side, I can safely say that I am no longer apprehensive about going to a Bob Dylan concert. I am grateful to my boo boo & his dad for sharing this experience with me. And maybe a chance to write a longer review in the future.

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  1. The man was a poet.
    Hey brha, I Like the flow in yer wurds. Me gust, me gust.

  2. geidy: love it!!!!! we want more lol......

  3. Sank u sank u sank u berry mush