Tags: Bob Dylan, Christmas decoration
If this blog has a yearly tradition it is my ongoing efforts at photographing Bob Dylan’s Christmas Decorations. Not everyone thinks of Bob Dylan as a Christmassy sort of guy. I know I didn’t. But I do now.
It started because I like to inspect the neighborhood Christmas decorations every year and Mr. Dylan has a house in my neighborhood. I grew up worshipping Mr. Dylan. Not too many artists had more impact on my development than he did. And now I believe the same holds true for his Christmas decorating style. Let us examine his approach. There is much to learn.
Of all the outdoor decorating styles on display in my neighborhood, year after year Mr. Dylan’s is the most low key. It appears casual to the point of almost seeming unplanned. At first glance it may look thrown together without much forethought. Yet when we examine his efforts in years past,his astonishing consistency reveals the stylings of a very specific Christmas artist at work.
First: a brief trip down memory lane.
This year we see a variation on last year’s theme as he repeats his signature lack of formality. He has again hung the lights in what can now be referred to as a prototypical Dylanesque style.There is resistence to symmetry, the avoidance of an obvious pattern or design. In the detail below we see the return of a classic Dylan touch: the low hanging loop, which some call ‘Dylan’s Necktie’. Others prefer to call it ‘The Crutch’.
Also this year the lights are higher up on the bushes than in previous years, perhaps indicating a more spiritual intention. Then again, they may be providing a comment about the hopes of the common man in an economic downturn.
As with all of Dylan’s best work, ultimately we are left with more questions than answers.
Yet tears well up and there is a quiet joy. Or something.
Happy Holidays everyone. From me. And from Bob.
PS: No matter what the copy on the page reads, my new book is in stock again now. They just restocked them. Buy one, won’t you?