The fourth and final installment of my series of posts about Bob Dylan’s Christmas in the Heart can now be read in its entirety on the Jewish Book Council’s author blog. In this final post, I summarize my thoughts on the meaning of the recording and my feelings about its musical value.
Almost lost in all the commotion surrounding Bob Dylan’s new Christmas album, Christmas In the Heart — his first charity album, as the proceeds from all sales are being donated to hunger charities, according to his website — is a fair consideration of the music itself: where it sits in the context of Dylan’s overall output, and how it relates to the decades-old genre of Christmas recordings by popular music artists.
Read more of the third in my four-part series about Bob Dylan’s Christmas album on the Jewish Book Council Blog here.
The second post of my four-part series examining Bob Dylan’s Xmas album, Christmas in the Heart, in the context of his work as well as in the greater contest of American pop music history, is now available here.
After reading it, be sure to view the brand-new video for the album’s single, “Must Be Santa,” to see what Xmas eve is like at Bob Dylan’s place.