- 03 Jun 21
As part of our 'Bob Dylan at 80' special feature, Dani Larkin shares her reflections on the influence and impact of the iconic singer-songwriter.
It may be a tad cliché, but 'The Times They Are A-Changin'' and 'Blowin' In The Wind' have continued to capture moments of existence for me since I first heard the songs when I was 7 or 8.
It was listening to '60s Dylan, and my Dad singing these two songs specifically, that taught me the responsibility of a songwriter.
The fact that the melody for 'Blowin' In The Wind' came from spirituals collected from people who were sold into slavery, and published in 1867 by abolitionists William Francis Allen, Lucy McKim Garrison and Charles Pickard Ware, is representative of the roots of modern folk music. Folk music that I continue to draw on and be in awe of, and have perhaps been left out of the dominant narrative of folk music in the past.
Celebrating Dylan's birthday and his contributions to society, not only as a songwriter but as a person who has helped shape and form civil rights movements, is one that I'm delighted to share with Hot Press. It certainly feels like The Times They Are A Changin' again.
Dani Larkin's debut album, Notes For A Maiden Warrior, is out June 18.