Bob Dylan began by picking up the acoustic guitar. He began again by putting it down and picking up the electric. And people lost their minds because they felt as if he was betraying his most actualized artist-self. But he knew better. He was beginning again. And eventually his people followed. The truth is that Dylan has started over almost sixty times, with every album he wrote, produced and released.
Couldn’t he have stopped with “Blood on the Tracks”? Is there a better collection of songs in American songwriting history? Likely not. Yet, Dylan wrote, recorded and released over thirty albums after that. And every time, he was starting over.
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