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An Album You Must Own: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan

posted Mar 25, 2011, 7:47 PM by Golden Knight

By Julian Vischer

August 8, 2010

           The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963) is Bob Dylan’s second album and first step towards fame. The album is made up of groundbreaking protest and love songs like the well-known Blowin’ in the Wind and Masters of War, as well as classic folksy tunes like Corrina, Corrina.

            Bob Dylan performs completely solo in this album. The only instruments used are Dylan’s acoustic guitar, harmonica, and raw vocals. This simple, melodic style adds to the witty charm of The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan and his brilliant strum patterns take the place of a bass or drum. The simplicity of the instruments used brings out the truth and empathy in Dylan’s lyrics. His music brings out goodness in the soul that can only be brought about by one who knows and portrays all emotions. He produces timeless track after track in his album and his musical genius stays in one’s heart, leaving a warm, pure feeling. Dylan’s music is as remedial as chicken soup, having both a humbling and loving imprint on the soul.

            Blowin’ in the Wind stands out as the most popular song on The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. It is by far one of Dylan’s best works, and has been covered by artists like Joan Baez, Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and, most famously, Peter, Paul, and Mary. The song encompasses Dylan’s attitude towards the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement, raising a series of questions that cannot go unanswered. The song has inspired countless like him to action and a want for change.

            Dylan’s harmonica and soulful lyrics are timeless, and the tracks on The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan provide no exception. His music mesmerizes his listeners and his intense visualizations and passionate lyrics are near impossible to match. His songs are inspirational and continue to leave an imprint hearts and minds everywhere.