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Reader's view: Praise of Dylan is overdone for singer with mediocre voice

Now that Dylan Days are history for another year, I would like to take the opportunity to add some personal perspective regarding the international icon who was born in Duluth in 1941. I recently read an interesting take on the ongoing legacy of Robert Zimmerman, aka Bob Dylan.

I strongly believe everybody has a right to express their opinion as long as it is noninflammatory and isn’t damaging to anyone’s character. However, a person who becomes a public figure — whether it be in any part of the public domain such as politics, entertainment, athletics or otherwise — allows himself or herself to be open and vulnerable and at the mercy of criticism by the masses, of which I am a member. Likewise, accolades and unflinching loyalty to a public figure is altogether fitting and proper.

Even though Dylan has many die-hard fans, I think Duluth and the surrounding areas — such as Hibbing, where he grew up — tend to overdo it when it comes to the numerous tributes afforded to the man.

Granted, Dylan has written some rather fine poetic songs and is indeed an international icon. However, in my opinion, his voice quality leaves much to be desired. I am quite certain that many voice teachers would agree. Furthermore, I am certain in the distant future music critics will attribute his success to his writing rather than his musical vocalization.

I’m sorry all you Dylan fans out there. I know that many of you will disagree with me regarding his voice quality and may curse my written words.

Nevertheless, I would love to hear Dylan sing our country’s national anthem at the Super Bowl when it’s held in the new Vikings stadium. After all, Dylan is a native Minnesotan.

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