“If a song moves you, that’s all that’s important” – Bob Dylan
October 2018 saw the Bob Dylan Mondo Scripto exhibition take place at the Halcyon Gallery in London. It was expected to last until the end of November but was extended to December 2018, which is a true testament of how phenomenal the exhibition was; simply outstanding.
“Hey! Mr. Tambourine man, play a song for me
I’m not sleepy and there is no place I’m going to'”
When I think of my earliest music memories, Bob Dylan comes to mind. Not only is his music iconic but over the span of six decades, it has retained its heart. It’s poetic, political and packed with passion. That being said I’ve always felt this eerie connect with Dylan’s music, and I think that comes down to what happens when storytelling and magic collide. It comes alive and resonates with you.
Stemming from such an influential back catalog, Mondo Scripto is a collection of 60 handwritten songs by Dylan with pencil illustrations to accompany each one. These drawings were created at his studio; Black Buffalo Ironworks and it’s clear to see that Bob Dylan’s talents surpass songwriting. All pictures were done within the last two years. Sculptured made by Dylan were also featured.
“It’s getting dark too dark to see
Feels like I’m knockin’ on heaven’s door”
It’s no secret that Dylan is well known for his ability to write songs that leave a lasting impression. Each masterpiece in itself is a work of literature and that’s why one of the highlights for me, was seeing his literature Nobel Prize award acknowledged. I’ve always loved literature and have always admired how through his music, Bob Dylan found a way to create pros that were distinctly his own.
These cue cards from the “Subterranean Homesick Blues” music videos will always be iconic.
What made this showcase all the more unique and “So Dylan”, were the revised song lyrics for ‘Tangled up in blue’. Also, the personal illustrations element brought new meaning to the songs crafted between 1961 to 2006. Layers were revealed on the many interpretations that songs such as ‘Maggie’s farm’ and ‘Knockin’ on heavens door’ carry. As I walked around it was incredible to see each song unfold in a new way. Truly an amazing experience.
“I could offer you a warm embrace
To make you feel my love”
“Songs are unlike literature. They’re meant to be sung, not read”
– Bob Dylan
“The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind”
If you’d like to see clips from the exhibition then head on over to my Instagram highlights labeled “🇬🇧EDIT”.
What’s your Favourite Bob Dylan Song? I’d love to know.
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