Please let me preface this with how nice it is that the proceeds from Bob Dylan's new CD, "Christmas in the Heart," go to the charity, Feeding America. Next, I need to say how much I love these songs: "Blowin' in the Wind," "The Times They Are A Changin'," "It Ain't Me Babe," "Like a Rolling Stone," "Mr. Tambourine Man," and one of my all time favorites, "Just Like a Woman." So, I don't want anyone walking away today thinking this was a Bob Dylan bashing.
He is a wonderful lyricist, but Dylan sings as though he's just swallowed a wheelbarrow full of rocks, but on this album, he must have swallowed the wheelbarrow.
This is the time of year the old Christmas tunes start playing at our house. YUP. Even a few weeks before Thanksgiving, the urge hits me to fill the air with my favorite kind of music. YUP. By the time Christmas rolls through, I'm sick of it.YUP ! Sick. Of. It.
So, it is with great anticipation to find out what new 'albums' will be released for the coming holiday season. This one tickled my curiosity, so I took a listen. O!H!!M!Y!G!O!!O!D!N!E!S!S! This is not a Frank Sinatra or a Dean Martin crooning about a White Christmas. It's more like a Bob Dylan croaking Do You Hear What I Hear. . . and me thinking 'not if I can get this volume turned down.'
Little Drummer Boy is one of my childhood favorites that conjures up some happy memories, but listening to this version makes me want to take a drum stick and poke it in my ear.
The more I listened, the more I laughed. It's so entertaining just visualizing Dylan recording these classics.
It also reminded me of last year when my four-year-old granddaughter, Little Miss P, was sitting in my lap at the piano. I was clunking at the keys and we were "singing" together. Finally, she looked up at me with those gorgeous, innocent, brown eyes and simply stated, "Gammy, stop singing. You're scaring my ears."
In the words of a truthful four-year-old, "Bob, stop singing. You're scaring my ears."
Clink the link to listen to "Christmas in the Heart."