On Bob Dylan's Birthday, 4 Israeli Artists Reminisce

Image: Sara Dylan / Wikipedia

In honor of Bob Dylan’s 73rd birthday on Saturday (May 24), Maariv asked four Israeli singer-songwriters — Eran Tzur, Sun Tailor, Dan Toren and Uzi Ramirez — to write about the “defining moment” in Dylan’s influence on them personally “as musicians, artists and listeners.” Each brief contribution is accompanied by a musical clip that the artist chose to accompany his words (yes, they’re all “he”).

The article is here (Hebrew only). I’ve translated some excerpts, which I’m posting along with the clips they picked and links to a few selected clips by the contributors themselves. (The above photo, by the way, was taken by his ex-wife Sara in Jerusalem, where they were celebrating their son’s bar mitzvah at the Kotel. It appears on the inner sleeve of his Infidels album.)

Maariv’s Ohad Ezrati, introducing and describing the project, writes:

Eran Tzur

Hear Eran Tzur sing his “ Hu veHi ” (“He and She”).

Bob Dylan sings “Highlands”:

Sun Tailor ( Arnon Naor )

(Hear Sun Tailor sing his hits “ Fay ” and “ I’ll Make My Way Home .”

Sun Tailor sings Dylan’s “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go”:

Dan Toren .

(Hear Dan Toren sing “ Lot’s Wife .”

(Incidentally, here is what I wrote about the Ramat Gan concert at the time. I enjoyed the evening a lot more than my article lets on — I was trying, as I usually do, to report my perceptions of the broader mood, not to express my own feelings.)

Amichai Katz sings a song he composed to words by Hanoch Levin, “In the Heart of the Sea There Lies an Island”:

Uzi Ramirez ( Feinerman )

Hear Uzi Ramirez sing his own hit “ Bodean ,” his “ Talking A-Bomb Blues ” and Woody Guthrie’s “ Do Re Mi .”

Bob Dylan sings “Joey” from the “Desire” album — later version.

Written by

J.J. Goldberg

J.J. Goldberg

Jonathan Jeremy “J.J.” Goldberg is editor-at-large of the Forward, where he served as editor in chief for seven years (2000-2007).

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