Bob Dylan spoke to a reporter from AARP News recently and expressed his views on a possible solution to the unemployment problem in America and the role that billionaires can and should play in ending, or at least drastically limiting, unemployment. He also discussed his latest album, an album of standards, and why he chose to make such an album at this stage in his career, at the age of 73, and Rolling Stone reported on these topics and more.
Bob Dylan basically said that the billionaires of the world should step up, because the government is not doing anything about the issue of unemployment and other problems plaguing the United States and
the world. Dylan said that “People have to create jobs,” and added that by “people,” he specifically means “these big billionaires are the ones who can do it.”
Bob Dylan related that inner cities these days are filled with crime and the people often turn to drugs and alcohol out of despair. If billionaires created jobs for them, Dylan said “that would create lot of happiness.” He said he was not talking about “communism,” at all, as the decision would be totally left up to the billionaires, and not the government.
The Blowing in the Wind singer mentioned that many people who underprivileged have “been oppressed by lack of work.” He stated that they could “all be working at something,” if the multibillionaires created enough jobs to hire them. But, he stressed that nobody should force the ultra-wealthy into doing this, saying with candor “God’s got to lead them.”
Bob Dylan also talked in the interview about his upcoming album, Shadows in the Night, that will be widely available on February 3, and said that if had not become a singer, he would have probably been a teacher. All of the 10 songs on the album have been performed by Frank Sinatra at some point in his career.
Bob Dylan has a great admiration for Frank Sinatra, and he express it in the interview, calling Sinatra “the mountain.” He praised Sinatra’s approach to music, saying that he “sang to you — not at you.” Dylan said he wanted to be the same type of singer, who did not sing at people, but to them. He does not like it when some people have compared him to Sinatra, declaring that “Nobody touches him.”
Dylan believed, he said, that Frank might be “amazed,” and perhaps even “proud,” that he had managed to do the songs with a five-piece band. Some of the songs were originally recorded using an entire orchestra.
Though Bob Dylan and his current band have been touring almost constant But, he wanted to reach out and specially wanted someone from AARP to interview him. The person who interviewed him had worked at Rolling Stone for twenty years and though maybe there had been some mistake made when he was contacted, but representatives for Dylan said that there had not been any mistake — Dylan really wanted to have the interview appear in AARP Magazine. Perhaps he thought that older people would appreciate an album of standards more than a younger audience would.
The ten tracks on the album are I’m A Fool to Want You, The Night We Called It a Day, Stay With Me, Autumn Leaves, Why Try to Change Me Now, Some Enchanted Evening, Full Moon and Empty Arms, Where Are You?, What’ll I Do, and That Lucky Old Sun. Bob Dylan has an obvious reverence for these classics, as well as the singing of Frank Sinatra.
Bob Dylan will be on the cover of the Feb./March issue of AARP Magazine. He plans on giving away free copies of his album to 50,000 subscribers of the magazine. Some of hte readers might not like Dylan’s ideas about billionaires using some of their money to solve America’s unemployment woes, but he appears to be hopeful that they will like the classics he sings on his latest album.
Written By Douglas Cobb