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Cutting to the core

Remember our artists before they are gone

With the recent passing of rock-n-roll legend Bo Didley, it reminds me that here was a great musician, a leader in his time, that I know nothing about.

With information so readily available in today's society I could easily learn all about him but will never get the opportunity to see him in concert or wait with anticipation for his next album to be released.

But I can with other artists, namely Bob Dylan. Dylan is known for many things, great song writing, Grammy winning records, a poet.

I've been interested in Dylan for a while now. Oddly enough, it was another death of a great musician that got me hooked on the Dylan sound. The death of the late, great Jerry Garcia, AKA God. Sorry Christians.

But it was through His death that first turned me on to the man formerly known as Zimmerman and I encourage people to let Didley's death be the conduit into another great artist. Maybe Dylan, maybe McCartney, maybe Chris Isaac or even Elvis Costello. Pick up their music and learn from it.

I recently bought the movie I'm Not There, a semi-biography of Dylan. Several different actors play characters that are not actually Dylan, but mirror his thoughts and actions. It's a movie that's probably not for anyone but Dylan fans.

It's renewed my interest in the poet, though and I'm looking forward to getting back into my collection of Dylan albums, watching any documentary I can find on the man and reading the books that are available about him.

Bo is gone but Bob is still around. He still tours, makes albums and provokes thought.

There is not a lot of positives that come from death, but if Bo's passing can turn someone on to another great artist, I would call that a positive.

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