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PostPosted: Mon October 24th, 2016, 10:57 GMT 
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Wow - persistence sometimes pays off, you just have to encounter Bob at the right moment with a polite and respectful approach it seems. I hope your songs come together OK now with his encouragement, what a marvellous day for you. (Saw your reaction on facebook!) :D


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PostPosted: Mon October 24th, 2016, 12:15 GMT 
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HurricaneSlim wrote:
BD: hey I like the way that guitar sounds.

W: yeah it's a Little Martin, *almost losing composure* do you want it??


My favorite part of the story, Slim. Nice.


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PostPosted: Mon October 24th, 2016, 12:33 GMT 
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Thanks for sharing your story with us Slim.


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PostPosted: Mon October 24th, 2016, 13:19 GMT 

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HurricaneSlim wrote:

I just met Bob Dylan.

For those of you don't know, I've been Hard Core obsessed with Bob Dylan since May 20th. The people who say don't meet your heroes haven't met my hero.
this should be a story in the press,
hang on to that harp,
i know, more typing, but
did you see the show?


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PostPosted: Mon October 24th, 2016, 13:44 GMT 
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It's the sort of story I've dreamed of many times. When I went to see his art collection in a gallery in London it was around the time of his Royal Albert Hall shows 2013 and I did wonder if he might turn up out of the blue. In the end my inquisitive side got the better of me and I asked one of the security guards if they expected him to come. "He came two nights ago after the gallery was closed", I was told. Well I missed him, but at least I know that my footprint may have been somewhere near his.
That is an incredible story though.


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PostPosted: Mon October 24th, 2016, 15:30 GMT 
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Welp, I'm wrong and admit it. I just talked to a guy that said there was a kid playing guitar in the back by the busses, Dylan heard him and brought him a harmonica. Super jealous, but that kid has a hell of a story now.


When i first read it , felt it could be a made up story - no disrespect.
However , this confirms it .

Rare indeed ...


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PostPosted: Mon October 24th, 2016, 15:56 GMT 
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Yes, but what was he wearing? :?


Hey Will, good on you. Hope you'll stick around here. Let's here your songs once they're done. There's a thread where fellow ER musicians share their work. Even better if it is Dylan approved!


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PostPosted: Tue October 25th, 2016, 00:02 GMT 
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I'm here to set the record straight. Instead of typing everything out again, I'm just going to repost the Facebook stays I wrote about my encounter with Bob.

First though, I want to tell everyone how helpful this forum has been, I've been lurking the past few weeks and the set list and tour discussion is just great.

Secondly, I made up my mind a long time ago that if I ever got to meet Bob Dylan, I wouldn't ask for a picture (doesn't like his picture taken) and I wouldn't ask him for an autograph. A harp is what I wanted.

I really didn't want to ask him any questions that would annoy him, I didn't want to treat him like God, I just wanted to treat him like a human. Therefore, I didn't ask him about the Nobel prize, because IMHO considering the circumstances I feel as though that could have been extremely disrespectful.

Here is my Facebook post in its entirety:

Update: I remembered how the conversation got started- he asked me to play him something and I asked him what he wanted to hear. Then it went from there.

To all my Facebook people- I just met Bob Dylan.

For those of you don't know, I've been Hard Core obsessed with Bob Dylan since May 20th. The people who say don't meet your heroes haven't met my hero.

I pulled up to the Brady at noon today, one the local security guys talked to me for a bit and I got it out of him that Bob's bus would be on the other side of the building next to the green room door. I pulled around to where the orange cones were that represented where his bus would be, and I parked my car in the next available spot feet away. For the next 4 hours, I would talk to lots of cool people, sing and play lots of Bob Dylan songs, and walk the perimeter of the Brady a few times. At around 4'o'clock I sat back down in my car and checked social media. The next thing I knew there were security guys standing in the orange cones area next to my parking spot. I got out of the car and asked the man if it was "about time," he responded "I have no idea what you're talking about." I came back explaining that I was told Bob's bus would be parked here. He then gave me a somewhat-intimidating monologue on how I wasn't going to meet Bob Dylan.

At this point I get my guitar and harp back out of my car, sitting on the hood of my car, I continued to sing Bob Dylan tunes. I couldn't tell what the security guard thought. A bus started to turn the corner, it parked within the orange cones and it was the band's bus. They exited and went to the door. Some of them nodded at the group of us.

The next bus around the corner was almost certainly Bob's. It drove past my car and backed in in such a manner that the bus door was almost perfectly aligned with the stage door, so that Bob would only have to walk a few feet.

He came down the stairs of the bus and turned and saw all of us and immediately jerked back behind the cover of his bus door. I was playing Maggie's Farm.

The timing of the song was perfect. As he walked past and into the stage door I was singing (loud enough to get his attention)

"The National Guard stands around his door, oh I ain't gonna work for Maggie's Farm no more."

Although he was covered by the stage door, I could see him stop to talk to some of the guards, he walked down the steps into the Green Room, and the next thing I know, the same security/bodyguard who had delivered the somewhat-intimidating monologue was pointing at me and beckoning me. At first I thought I had pissed Bob off. But apparently I had gotten his attention with an perfectly timed Dylanesque Sarcastic Crack. (Using a Dylan line to get Dylan's attention?!)

It worked out and the next thing I knew this same security guard was asking me my name. I started down the stairs and the guard said "Mr. Dylan, this is Will"

I got down the stairs- he was wearing the hood up on his green hoodie and aviators. The conversation we had is a blur now- but it went something like this:

Will: *trying to keep composure*
Bob: Nice to meet you Will (not 100% sure how the convo started, I know he complimented my playing and asked if I played in school)
W: oh my god it's nice to meet you too *shaking* do you have a C Harp I can borrow?
BD: ahh I don't- what key is that one?
Will: it's C, just the reed is kind of messed up.
BD: alright I'm sure we can get you a C
Harp. You write any songs Will?
W: there's this song I'm working on but every time it just comes out like Don't Think Twice, It's Alright. *I start to play it, can't sing, extremely self conscious that the changes are the same as Don't Think Twice- I give up*
BD: hey I like the way that guitar sounds.
W: yeah it's a Little Martin, *almost losing composure* do you want it?? *I show him the Woody Guthrie sticker on the back*
W: can I just shake your hand??
BD: well let's see how this goes first.
W: okokok Do you-
BD: I ain't got time to talk man, I wanna hear this song.
W: ok here's the chorus it's a little different from Don't Think Twice.
*starts to play and sing the chorus, messes up, restarts, gets through it after rushing the changes a little bit*
That's most of what I got for it.
BD: that's all you got? Pretty good, have you written any other songs?
W: We're writing one in my blues band right now, it's about a different girl. We're called Fahrenheit 145
BD: That's great Will, hey I've got to go, but it was nice to meet you.
W: it was nice to meet you too. *I'm shaking, and fighting back tears at this point*

I get outside and all the people who were waiting with me are waiting on me and I pretty much collapse to the ground and start bawling.

TL;DR:

I met Bob Dylan.


This is really great, had me welling up reading it, putting myself in your shoes. Like you say..the timing..the timing of the line..I can imagine Bob had an instinct that he should speak to you. Really brilliant for you..I remember my first year of finding Bob and his music and the timings I had around that time were strange (long stories) ..but you singing that line by chance as he was walking through the door.. I can imagine both yourself and bob felt like you were in the right place on the right track in that moment (this reminds of a bit in the Oh Mercy chapter of Chronicles, when bob is kind of losing his mind during the recording of songs, he glances over and notices a musician in the dark who he hadnt previously seen ..and he looked like somebody..? Cant remember who?...but in that moment bob knew he was in the right place and things changed ..sorry just typing on phone here, not making much sense) .

You did really well though..I mean it wasn't just the timing..to get to that you needed to have a lot of guts to be playing your guitar there, asking the questions, even after the security guard had tried to put you off.

Maybe you will meet him again sometime! He will remember you


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PostPosted: Tue October 25th, 2016, 00:13 GMT 
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I had read part of your post on a facebook site, but not the entire story, so thanks for posting it here, HurricaneSlim - what a wonderful experience you had! I think you held your own very well - I would have been a blubbering idiot!
As others have said, welcome to ER - and please do post your songs when you're ready. (including 'Maggie's Farm'!)


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PostPosted: Tue October 25th, 2016, 00:19 GMT 
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Does Wil know that Bob probably just stole his song ?

Just kidding, congrats, Kid.....story of a lifetime.


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PostPosted: Tue October 25th, 2016, 05:10 GMT 
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Nappy wrote:
That's amazing, Will! Thanks for sharing.

Unless I missed it, did Bob hand you the harp or did one of his staff do it later on?


Still Go Barefoot wrote:
Welcome to ER Hurricane Slim!
Helluva first post.
Sounds like fun!

As Nappy asked, so how did the C Harp end up in your hands?
Did Bob give it to you right there? send it out? or come back? or call you back in? Or something else?

T&T: thanks for the report. Glad you made it!

Prediction:
An army of young guitarists playing Maggie's Farm upon each bus arrival from here on out, while the National Guard stands around his door.


TimeandTempo wrote:
Will, that's a moment of a thousand lifetimes right there... congratulations! And amazing that you could keep your composure enough to talk, much less play your guitar. I'd be a puddle.


The way it happened was after I asked if he had a C Harp I could borrow, he kind of acted like he was checking his pockets and told me he didn't, I think he knew what I was up to because he asked me what key the one on my rack was, I told him it was indeed C but the reed was kind of messed up. He understood and asked one of his people to find me one as we stood there talking, the next thing I knew a woman was handing me a Hohner Blues Harp MS in the key of C that had obviously been played before.

juststepintothearena wrote:
HurricaneSlim wrote:

I just met Bob Dylan.

For those of you don't know, I've been Hard Core obsessed with Bob Dylan since May 20th. The people who say don't meet your heroes haven't met my hero.
this should be a story in the press,
hang on to that harp,
i know, more typing, but
did you see the show?


The show was phenomenal. I almost didn't even want to go because I knew nothing could ever top meeting the man himself. But yes, the show was fantastic. Don't Think Twice, It's Alright was amazing.

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Yes, but what was he wearing? :?


Hey Will, good on you. Hope you'll stick around here. Let's here your songs once they're done. There's a thread where fellow ER musicians share their work. Even better if it is Dylan approved!


He was wearing a green hoodie with the hood up, aviators, the boots he would wear during the show, and grayish pants.

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This is really great, had me welling up reading it, putting myself in your shoes. Like you say..the timing..the timing of the line..I can imagine Bob had an instinct that he should speak to you. Really brilliant for you..I remember my first year of finding Bob and his music and the timings I had around that time were strange (long stories) ..but you singing that line by chance as he was walking through the door.. I can imagine both yourself and bob felt like you were in the right place on the right track in that moment (this reminds of a bit in the Oh Mercy chapter of Chronicles, when bob is kind of losing his mind during the recording of songs, he glances over and notices a musician in the dark who he hadnt previously seen ..and he looked like somebody..? Cant remember who?...but in that moment bob knew he was in the right place and things changed ..sorry just typing on phone here, not making much sense) .

You did really well though..I mean it wasn't just the timing..to get to that you needed to have a lot of guts to be playing your guitar there, asking the questions, even after the security guard had tried to put you off.

Maybe you will meet him again sometime! He will remember you


I'm absolutely certain the line was what did it, and the connotation I twisted it into having. I knew that it was my one shot and a sarcastic Dylanesque crack like that line would either offend him, or really get his attention. I would never want to piss off Bob Dylan so I'm glad it worked out the way it did.

Once I was there with him, my focus on him and the situation and trying to keep composure was so intense that I'm afraid inattentional blindness took over and the actual memory of him standing there is vague. It's coming back as it's basically the only thing I've thought about today...

There was this great understanding between us... I think he probably understood that I was about to lose my shit and I had a million questions to ask, and so many things I wanted to say, and I understood from just reading about him and knowing his history that he doesn't dig that sort of thing. We understood each other and had a conversation on a level playing field as musicians/songwriters I feel than as a hero and a worshipper. I don't know if that makes sense, but the understanding that I could feel from him was just crazy intense. Lots of people were telling me that he probably saw a little bit of himself in me. If that was the case, I'm fine with that.

chester drawers wrote:
Does Wil know that Bob probably just stole his song ?

Just kidding, congrats, Kid.....story of a lifetime.


Haha, all I had words too were the chorus, the verse I basically stole from him. But he seemed to like it either way.


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PostPosted: Tue October 25th, 2016, 08:46 GMT 
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Hi HurricaneSlim,
Thanks for sharing with us your beautiful story with Bob. And welcome on Expexting Rain.

I don't think that it is what you had singing to Bob who got his attention (the part with the national guard). You could have sing any songs of Bob or not, i think you would have capted his attention anyway.

The way you are playing the guitar and your personnality, your way of singing and voice are what Bob has appreciated the more for me, i suppose. And your behavior with him, the story you are telling to us prove that you are a boy with "something else".

Now you gonna have many people around you... stay always like you are HurricaneSlim and continue to play songs as you like.

Thanks again.


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PostPosted: Tue October 25th, 2016, 11:03 GMT 

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HurricaneSlim wrote:
The show was phenomenal. I almost didn't even want to go because I knew nothing could ever top meeting the man himself. But yes, the show was fantastic. Don't Think Twice, It's Alright was amazing.
beautiful, kid
you rock


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PostPosted: Tue October 25th, 2016, 14:49 GMT 
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TimeandTempo wrote:
Same set... I believe it can officially be called the New SET now?

Bob was not happy for the first half. Lots of talking to the band between songs, shaking his head at Tony, and general grimacing. Don't know what the deal was, sound was fantastic.

The show was just straight up great. Bob has this down to an art, obviously. The same compliments that have been paid since Vegas were true tonight. Lots of upsinging on Make You Feel My Love though.

Pink silk shirt with an ascot same color and fabric.

White boots with black bottom

Black suit with white floral pattern up legs and on cuffs.

Hat on and off, off at piano only


Thanks for the report!

Needs an intermission to be a 'The Set';
might I suggest, we call this thing 'The RetroSet'?

Hurricane, that's beyond awesome. Thanks for sharing


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PostPosted: Wed October 26th, 2016, 13:59 GMT 
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Guthrie museum closes at 3:30 for a private event. Dudes at the front desk said they couldn't say what it was, they didn't know, but everyone but the higher ups were being sent home... management and all


Bob signed the wall at Guthrie Center:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BL8rJPSgjmS/


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PostPosted: Wed October 26th, 2016, 20:08 GMT 
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Johanna Parker wrote:
TimeandTempo wrote:
Guthrie museum closes at 3:30 for a private event. Dudes at the front desk said they couldn't say what it was, they didn't know, but everyone but the higher ups were being sent home... management and all


Bob signed the wall at Guthrie Center:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BL8rJPSgjmS/


Cool, thanks for posting!


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PostPosted: Wed October 26th, 2016, 22:58 GMT 

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Wow, Will, that story was so great it inspired me to move from lurker to poster. Again, wow! Sounds like you were so genuine that you won him over.


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PostPosted: Thu October 27th, 2016, 01:41 GMT 
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Wonder what the scale is on that?


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Still Go Barefoot wrote:
Wonder what the scale is on that?


It was pretty large, maybe a foot long and 6 inches high. The lady at the front desk took me to see it after hours Tuesday night.


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PostPosted: Fri October 28th, 2016, 17:20 GMT 
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HurricaneSlim wrote:
Still Go Barefoot wrote:
Wonder what the scale is on that?


It was pretty large, maybe a foot long and 6 inches high. The lady at the front desk took me to see it after hours Tuesday night.


Thanks Slim.
I was hoping for an answer like that.


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