Pod Dylan #132 – Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

POD DYLAN

Episode 132 – Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

Rob welcomes musician Virgil Kinsley to discuss the lovely “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” from 1963’s THE FREEWHEELIN’ BOB DYLAN.

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One response to “Pod Dylan #132 – Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

  1. Great discussion of a great song. I’m partial to Peter, Paul, and Mary’s version. Virgil did an excellent job demonstrating Bob’s picking technique. I’ve been playing guitar for forty years and I still can’t pick well. I’m strictly a strummer. Bob had developed his technique early and quickly!
    Rob, as to the musical structure, I am going to attempt an analogy. I presume you are familiar with Wally Wood’s “22 panels that always work.” In a similar way, there are chord patterns that “always work.” (This isn’t a universal treatise. This is applicable to Western folk music and its offshoots!) Bob shakes things up a tiny bit with his first line. These chords “work” but they’re not the “safe and easy” ones. It’s not unprecedented, but it shows that he’s not doing it the easy way. Just before the end of the second line, as Virgil pointed out, he throws a curve. It’s sort of like looking at a panel in a comic that shouldn’t work, but does, because of the skill of the artist. Bob uses a chord pattern that’s found more in “tin pan alley” music than in “folk music.” When can draw as well as Wally Wood, or write as well as Bob Dylan, you can find new ways of using old methods!

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