I admire someone like Bob Dylan who can combine producing fantastic music with producing outlandish, sometimes random statements. Vying for the dumbest music quote of the year, Bob gives us this gem:
“New records … have sound all over them.”
And goes on to say:
“CDs are small. There’s no stature to it.”
(CDs actually prefer “portability enabled.” And what’s this obsession with size?)
Now, let’s see. At this point, I could talk about how I’m no fan of over-compressed and over-produced music, while criticizing the fact that Bob has ignored the bulk of music production in favor of the big-selling labels from which he himself has made colossal wads of cash and untold fame and glory, or … come on, who am I kidding? Why are we arguing with a guy who says “I don’t know anybody who’s made a record that sounds decent in the past 20 years, really”? Not a single album? (See further discussion on Music thing and, before that, on the CDM forums if you do want to discuss.)
No, I think there’s only one proper response to this quote:
Make a t-shirt.
Bob, you’ve just become our Ted Stevens / “the internet is a series of tubes.”
So, CDMers, I encourage you to take Bob’s quote as a call to action, and design us some graphics / t-shirts / undawears / frisbees fully embracing these records with “sound all over them” and the fact that CDs are small and lack stature.
To the winner, we’ll give not wads of cash, but definitely untold fame and glory. And we’ll link to your cafepress store. Maybe that will give you wads of cash.