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Audio: Bob Dylan Songs To Start Off The New Year

Today being the beginning of this new year, 2014, I was thinking about songs that really get me going in the morning, songs that when I hear them, I feel an energy and I want to get things rolling. Or songs that make me laugh, or smile, or dance around the room.

Bob Dylan has quite a few of those kinda songs, and today I feature a selection of them. Enjoy.

“New Morning” always makes me smile. It’s one of Dylan’s most upbeat songs, a great way to start any day and certainly a great way to kick off the new year:

New Morning by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Black Crow Blues” off Another Side of Bob Dylan starts off a bit down and out but it’s filled with Dylan’s humor. I dig his honky tonk piano the most, and there’s a drive to it that energizes me:

Black Crow Blues by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Girl From the North Country” off Nashville Skyline always blows my mind because the song itself is a classic and both Dylan and Johnny Cash deliver terrific vocals. Their voices go together so well here. I always smile at the end when they trade off and repeat the line “true love of mine”:

Girl from the North Country by Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash on Grooveshark

“Country Pie,” also from Nashville Skyline, is a throwaway, but what the hell, it’s upbeat and fun and if I get this one playing in the morning no way can things go any way but right:

Country Pie by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream” from Bringing It All Back Home false starts with Dylan and his producer cracking up, before Dylan launches in to a shaggy dog story that presents a surreal view of pre-Columbus America. This one nails it on so many levels:

Bob Dylan's 115th Dream by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Romance In Durango” off Desire is a beautiful Spanish-flavored song with a great ragged vocal; this one makes me want to dance around the room:

Romance in Durango by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Please, Mrs. Henry,” from the “Basement Tapes” is so much fun. How can the new year be anything but great when music this good exists:

Please, Mrs. Henry by Bob Dylan & The Band on Grooveshark

“Open the Door, Homer,” another crazy track from the “Basement Tapes” that is more fun than two barrels of monkeys:

210. Open the door, Homer by Bob Dylan & The Band on Grooveshark

“Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” off Blonde On Blonde is the perfect way to end this mix of Dylan songs to start off the new year with an oomph. Dig it!

Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

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