Dylan waxes lyrical on Christmas
LONDON: Singer Bob Dylan reminisces about Christmas past, turkey dinners and his favourite holiday songs in a rare interview in a magazine for homeless people.
The 68-year-old singer has baffled fans and critics with his new album Christmas in the Heart –a collection of carols and traditional yuletide songs delivered in his croaking voice.
All proceeds will go to charities for the homeless and hungry in the US, Britain and 80 poor countries.
Asked why he picked those organisations, Dylan told the interviewer: “They get food straight to the people. No military organisa- tion, no bureaucracy, no governments to deal with.’’
The exclusive interview appeared in The Big Issue magazine in Britain and similar street papers in North America.
Dylan – born Robert Allen Zimmerman –said that although Jewish, he had never felt left out of Christmas as a boy growing up in Minnesota.
He recalled “plenty of snow, jingle bells, Christmas carolers going from house to house, sleighs in the streets, town bells ringing, nativity plays’’.
His idea of a good Christmas dinner was roast turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy, collard greens and all the trimmings.
SINGING: Bob Dylan.