01 Oct

President Obama Talks About Dylan Performance

Remember back in February President Obama had a Civil Rights show at the White House and Bob Dylan performed ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’? President Obama came out and spoke about meeting Dylan and his performance. Obama says usually musicians want to do a meet and greet with him and Michelle but not Dylan. Check out what the President said:

“He wouldn’t come to the rehearsal; usually, all these guys are practicing before the set in the evening. He didn’t want to take a picture with me; usually all the talent is dying to take a picture with me and Michelle [Obama, First Lady] before the show, but he didn’t show up to that. He came in and played ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’. A beautiful rendition. The guy is so steeped in this stuff that he can just come up with some new arrangement, and the song sounds completely different. Finishes the song, steps off the stage – I’m sitting right in the front row – comes up, shakes my hand, sort of tips his head, gives me just a little grin and then leaves. And that was it – then he left. That was our only interaction with him. I thought, ‘That’s how you want Bob Dylan, right?’ You don’t want him to be all cheesin’ and grinnin’ with you. You want him to be a little skeptical about the whole enterprise.”

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