My first encounter with Bob Dylan was as a child. I was at Mass and “Blowing In The Wind” had been adapted to become “To Know That You Will Come”. I first heard the Dylan version when visiting my cousin. I recognized the tune and disliked it because of the association with the church. I didn’t like his work straight away but with each encounter, I grew to appreciate his greatness.
Over time, I became connected with the world weary despair and loneliness. When combined with his Donald Duck-like voice his tales reflect his life experiences that the listener may interpret as they please.
I borrowed the image of Juan de Juanes that’s exhibited in the Prado, a work capable of converting me to Christianity singlehandedly. In my painting, Bob appears to preside over the last supper in his role as messiah. Many consider his chalice (kept in the Valencia Cathedral ) here as the true holy grail. I like to believe that it is so as you can see, Dylan drinks from cup and He also offers it generously to disciples.
Bob, I forgive you for writing songs that remind me of attending Mass.