Rewind: Bob Dylan—“Mr. Tambourine Man”

By Emily Powers

Not often do you find a song of such unshakable comfort. Dylan’s call to a musician is a warm buzz that marks nothing short of the beginning of an evolution in rock and roll. Released in the summer of 1965, “Mr. Tambourine Man” established folk rock as a popular genre.

The melodic guitar plucking coupled with the soft poetics of Dylan’s lyrics creates a lucid oasis. The listener is no longer submerged in the scuttle of life but dancing “beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free.”

Dylan defined a generation and continues to answer the calls of youth. Whether I’m in the Sequoias or the loud hiss of downtown Toronto, this song has followed me with the remarkable ability to feel like home.

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