Bob Dylan’s writings are deeply expressive of the spiritual journeys, intersections and mysteries that are present in and representative of all faithful people. Dr. Mark Whitmire’s commentary on the relationship between scripture and Dylan’s own words can be found here. As well, Dr. Whitmire issued a personal invitation to everyone. The Dylan Mass employs a number of his compositions to provide an immediate and modern context to our ancient tradition of the Eucharist.
A few of the songs included were:
• “The times they are a-changin’”
• “Knocking on Heaven’s door”
• “I shall be released”
• “Blowin’ in the wind”
Simultaneously a pop star, political commentator, cultural poet and global prophet, Bob Dylan’s nearly sixty year career has spanned and chronicled the richest period of societal upheaval and change since the Industrial Revolution.
Online encyclopedia Wikipedia says, “Dylan’s lyrics have incorporated a variety of political, social, philosophical, and literary influences. They defied existing pop music conventions and appealed hugely to the then burgeoning counterculture. Initially inspired by the performance style of Little Richard, and the songwriting of Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, and Hank Williams, Dylan has both amplified and personalized musical genres.”
Experience this unique liturgy and worship, set among the words of one of the modern age’s finest troubadours.