Thursday, November 19, 2009

Bob Dylan Gets Festive

When you're arguably the greatest songwriter of your generation, you're allowed a few artistic indulgences. More often than not, that usually means a Christmas album. Even the immortal Bob Dylan is not immune.

Christmas in the Heart is Bob Dylan's holiday gift to us all, featuring covers of Silver Bells, Do You Hear What I Hear? and Winter Wonderland, among others. Those who dismiss this as some sort of underhanded moneygrab be damned, as the proceeds benefit Feeding America, a hunger-relief charity.

To promote this album, Dylan has released a music video for the track "Must Be Santa" that features a holiday party and a teleporting, seemingly sedated/drunk Bob rabble rousing until the whole thing gets a little out of hand.

Bob Dylan's gravely growl may not seem the ideal vehicle for spreading Christmas cheer, and I'm not even going to speculate on who thought the world was clamoring to hear Bob Dylan eviscerate Little Drummer Boy. I'm going to simply assume this is Bob having a little fun in his old age and excusing it by donating the proceeds to charity. Fine by me.

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