Critical Song Analysis of Blowin' In the Wind

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Critical Song Analysis of Blowin' In the Wind

In Our expressive arts class we are studying the topic the 60’s. We

were asked to analyse the song “blowin’ in the wind”. The song

“blowin’ in the wind”, was a very popular song in the 60’s and was

written by a man called Bob Dylan.

Born May 24th, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, Bob Dylan was destined to be

a star. His original name, however, was not Bob Dylan. His first name

was Robert Allen Zimmerman, but changed it later, when he began to

record. But long before Bob Dylan's recording days he was a young man

with the ambition to be a musical icon. And it all began in the early

forties. Bob started writing poems at around the age of ten and soon

also taught himself to play the piano and guitar. His musical

inspirations were stars like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and

Little Richard. After he graduated high school, he was soon off to the

University of Minnesota in early 1959. Here in University is where the

thought and drive of becoming of musical artist formed. Dylan had

begun to listen to folk and rock music. Dylan around this time had

begun to master the harmonica and adopted his stage name "Bob Dylan".

It is still unsure where he got the name "Dylan" from, but it is

presumed that the name was taken from a popular poet named Dylan

Thomas. The next year he dropped out of school and made his way to New

York. Bob Dylan began playing amazing material at local coffee houses

and was seen often in the company of many popular upcoming artists.

This is the time that he also began to write his legendary folk songs

of the sixties. Such was his song for his hero, Woody Guthrie, called

"Song T...

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... the song expressed their feelings. Today, this song can

be easily understood. As a pop song, its simplicity is vital because

it captures the spirit of the civil rights movement without over

exaggerating the issue.

I could use this as a stimulus for my 60’s presentation by talking the

song and making a story along the lyrics. From the song I have found

many hidden issues, which I could use as a base storyline for my

performance. I have also seen how to communicate to the audience about

certain issues through hidden messages, and also to relate to the

audience, by using such devises like asking questions. We could also

just use the song in our actually performance too. I could use the

different themes I found to use as scenes for my performance. These

were: violence, rights for people, slavery, and political issues.
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