Ask Me Anything
Dylanology has now been published for almost a year.
It has been a thrill, to see it grow. The “newsletter” has been an opportunity to dive deep into some issues that I felt I had left waiting too long. But it has also taken quite a lot of effort just to do the research and then to write it up – so there has been too litte time, less time than I would have liked, to connect with you, the readers.
I assume that since you have subscribed, you have liked some of what you have seen, but I really would like to know more about your expectations and your wishes.
Ask Me Anything
It comes in three varieties. First, the traditional, literal one:
Ask me anything
This probably isn’t very interesting, but if you want to know how I make pasta or what computer I use, then go ahead and ask.
The second version is
Ask me for anything
In other words: what do you want me to write about next? Last issue’s piece about “Dark Eyes” was actually the outcome of a discussion with one of the subscribers (I hope you were satisfied with the “answer”, Trev!).
Any topic is acceptable, as long as it relates to the theme of Dylanology.
The third version, I offer with some trepidation, since it’s potentially a slave contract:
Ask anything of me
In other words, I would like to offer whatever my expertise can offer, primarily in the field of Dylan and music, Dylan and guitar playing, Dylan and aesthetics, but also things related to what has been my main Dylan-oriented undertaking for the past quarter of a century: dylanchords.com, such as transcribing Dylan songs, specific tabs, etc.
Is there a song, or an aspect of his guitar style or of his music that you would like to have explained?
Is there a particular guitar solo that you would like to see tabbed, here in Dylanology, and/or on dylanchords?
As a special offer, I would like to extend the scope to also include other artists. I occasionally get requests for this or that guitar playing in this or that song by some other artist than Dylan. I usually only respond if I think it’s a song I might want to play myself.
One last thing:
The higher you are in the Dylanology hierarchy, the greater your chances of having your wish granted. The hierarchy is quite simple: paying subscribers on top, free subscribers a little lower, and that’s it.
I hope to hear from you.