Bob Dylan, the world renowned musical artist whose career now spans seven decades, has kept weather core to his writing.
How so? Out of approximately 465 total Dylan songs, the word 'sun' is found in 63 different ones, 'wind' in 55, 'rain' in 40, and 'sky' in 36. 'Cloud', 'storm', 'summer', 'snow', and just 'weather' have been used in dozens more. Alan Robock, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University wrote all about this in his 2004 journal article Tonight as I stand in the Rain: Bob Dylan and Weather Imagery.
Robock, who just attended his 49th Bob Dylan show in November 2023, joins the podcast crew to take an inside look into Dylan's weather lyrics. Robock explores Dylan's weather topics, like whether you need a weatherman to see which way the wind blows (Subterranean Homesick Blues). Robock also hypothesizes why Dylan sings about the weather so much and more.
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About the Across the Sky podcast
The weekly weather podcast is hosted on a rotation by the Lee Weather team:
Matt Holiner of Lee Enterprises' Midwest group in Chicago, Kirsten Lang of the Tulsa World in Oklahoma, Joe Martucci of the Press of Atlantic City, N.J., and Sean Sublette of the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia.