Dylan’s Best Songs

Paste magazine listed the top 42 Bob Dylan songs. Top X lists are pretty silly, but they do make a great headline and are generally entertaining to read.

They left out some of my favorites, so it made me consider which songs are really my favorite songs. Instead of trying to rank his songs, here are my ten eleven favorite in no particular order:

  • Song to Woody
  • It Ain’t Me Babe
  • Tangled Up In Blue
  • Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
  • Workingman’s Blues #2
  • Blowin’ in the Wind
  • Masters of War
  • Like A Rolling Stone
  • The Times They Are A-Changin’
  • Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again
  • Desolation Row

Subject to change the next time I listen to a Dylan album.

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

A few years ago, I read some blog posts on  The Minimalists, so I was familiar with Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, and the minimalist movement in general.

I haven’t paid much attention to the movement for a couple years, but was curious when I saw Josh and Ryan in a trailer for Minimalism.


The documentary is interesting and I enjoyed it, but I still don’t like the term minimalism.

Instead of focusing on minimalism, which seems like a path to rules and dogmatism, I think learning contentedness is more important.  If you’re content with what you have, it’s easier to focus on the important areas of life and end the cycle of excessive consumption.




Bob Dylan: The Other Side of the Mirror

A couple weeks ago I stumbled upon the documentary Bob Dylan: The Other Side of the Mirror created by Murray Lerner.

The film shows footage of Dylan playing at the Newport Folk Festival over the course of the three years during his infamous transition from folk to rock.

It’s a sparse documentary.  There’s no interviews or voice overs.  It’s all concert footage, but the video and sound quality are great considering the age.

I enjoyed it but I don’t really recommend it unless you’re a big fan of Bob Dylan. Otherwise, if you’re interested in Dylan’s story, I highly recommend Martin Scorsese’s No Direction Home.


The Barkley Marathons

I think most people would be better off with more pain in their lives, honestly. I think that, if nothing else, they would appreciate the pain-free times more. But I think also there’s this self-induced aspect of, you’ve struggled, you’ve overcome, you’ve gotten through, then you’re confident and you both enjoy the rest of your life more, but also you feel like you can do things and you take on challenges that you wouldn’t otherwise try, and you get to points that you wouldn’t otherwise reach.

– Julian Jamison from The Barkley Marathons: The Race that Eats Its Young

I recently watched a documentary about the infamous Barkley Marathon.

Since I first heard about the race a few years ago, I’ve thought it was kind of ridiculous, but I really enjoyed the documentary. I still have no desire to ever participate in the race, but I have a newfound respect for the participants.

It’s currently streaming on Netflix or you can rent it from Apple for 99 cents.