Bob Dylan - “Things Have Changed”
Single Release, Available On The Essential Bob Dylan (2000)
Bob Dylan is one of those musicians who just has seemingly always had the gift of being able to distill complex issues, emotions, and philosophies down into digestible, poetic slogans: “The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind;” “money doesn’t talk, it swears;” “you don’t need a weather man to know which way the wind blows;” and, more recently, “I used to care, but things have changed.” Recorded for the meh Michael Douglas film “Wonder Boys” in 2000, “Things Have Changed” was latter-day-Dylan at his cranky best: snarky, disillusioned, poetic, and commanding. Over a clean, crisply-produced basic rock track, Dylan - who rose to fame during the early Civil Rights Era by cranking out many impassioned “finger-pointing songs” - takes the stance of an older, more hardened troubadour whom a generation had turned to for answers, and who was telling everyone to try looking elsewhere. In his way, it was both a fantastically flippant message, a casting-off of a role he’d never really wanted, and a way of once-again summing up and expressing a sentiment - “I’m getting tired of caring” - that so many of his generation found themselves feeling by their late 50s (packaged in a track that really did swing). Of all the latter-day Dylan tracks, this is one of my favorites.