Bix, Hoagy, Stardust and ... Bob Dylan

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

June 21st, 2018, 12:19 pm #1

An interview of Dylan where he mentions Bix.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrJdk14jGaw

Bix mentioned on the occasion of Dylan's Peace Nobel Prize.
http://www.theindependent.com/opinion/a ... 6f9f2.html
"If one is familiar with the phrasing of the jazz composer and cornet titan Bix Beiderbecke, who made his mark in the earlier part of the last century, he will recognize just that approach. They, Beiderbecke and Dylan, are bookends in cultural creativeness and disposition, both exercising almost catatonic carelessness and diffidence about those around them, both single-mindedly seeking new frontiers to cross and different heights to climb in the restless search for excellence. Dylan fortunately has had more time to accomplish his goals. Beiderbecke was gone at 29 [NB 28], burned up by the furies of his own vulnerabilities and excesses."

Bob Dylan's version of Stardust.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXCN31OcNh8

50 Cover Versions Of ‘Stardust’ That Are Better Than Bob Dylan’s — And Three That Aren’t
https://forward.com/culture/365856/50-c ... three-tha/
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Joined: March 15th, 2018, 11:08 pm

June 23rd, 2018, 8:24 am #2

Strange that this post appears the same day my Mosaic Savory set with Herschel Evans' masterful Stardust arrives in the mail, so my personal greatest Stardust is entrenched. I couldn't face the Bob Dylan. I tried the Coltrane just for the shock of seeing it listed first. It was what I expected it to be. The Crosby wouldn't play. Is he talking about the famous early Stardust? That's almost as magnificent as Just One More Chance. Wierd.
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Joined: March 15th, 2018, 6:05 am

June 29th, 2018, 4:45 am #3

That is one unexpected mating - Bix and Dylan as bookends. However, I'm in a whimsical mood & will accept it, if only for the phrasing "almost catatonic creativeness" though I'd have preferred "creativity". Better word and it captures the ear.
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Joined: March 24th, 2018, 11:32 pm

July 1st, 2018, 3:05 pm #4

Dylan's "Stardust" isn't a great version but it's better than I expected (and better than the wretched version of Gershwin's "Soon" I remember from a late-1980's Gershwin tribute concert on PBS). Dylan and Hoagy Carmichael have more in common than you might think: both Midwesterners (Hoagy was from Indiana, Dylan from Minnesota), both singer-songwriters and both people with quite musical and evocative voices that weren't "good" by conventional standards but were well-suited to their material.
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July 1st, 2018, 6:56 pm #5

I'm aware of the few traits shared by Dylan & Hoagy but find them rather inconsequential, given their diversity in everything else more meaningful.
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July 7th, 2018, 6:30 pm #6

Interesting to hear Dylan actually just singing a song.
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