Bob Dylan Reveals His Love for Reading the Bible and Listening to Sacred Music

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Ten-time Grammy winner Bob Dylan in a recent interview talks about his spiritual life. Often regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time, Dylan has been a major figure in popular culture during a career spanning more than 60 years. Dylan's songs, such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'" have become anthems for the civil rights and antiwar movements. Dylan has even recently released a book, The Philosophy of Modern Song.  

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Dylan reflects on what he does to relax. "I've binge-watched Coronation Street, Father Brown, and some early Twilight Zones. I know they're old-fashioned shows, but they make me feel at home. I'm not a fan of packaged programs, or news shows, so I don't watch them. I never watch anything foul-smelling or evil," Dylan said.

"... I'm a religious person. I read the Scriptures a lot, meditate and pray, light candles in church. I believe in damnation and salvation, as well as predestination. The Five Books of Moses, Pauline Epistles, Invocation of the Saints, all of it."

Asked what "style of music" he considers to be his "first love," Dylan answered, "Sacred music, church music, ensemble singing.

"Most of the time, I feel like a flat tire; totally unmotivated, positively lifeless," he said. "I can fall asleep at any time during the day. It takes a lot to get me stimulated, and I'm an excessively sensitive person, which complicates things. I can be totally at ease one minute, and then, for no reason whatsoever, I get restless and fidgety; doesn't seem to be any middle ground."

It's not the first time Dylan has discussed his faith publicly. He became a Christian during the 1970s and recorded Christian albums. One of his songs, Gotta Serve Somebody, pointed the listener to God: You're going to have to serve somebody; well, it may be the devil, or it may be the Lord; but you're going to have to serve somebody.




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