Bob Dylan and will.i.am Speak to Homeschoolers

Now, you may not be able to understand Bob Dylan, but he IS speaking to us! LOL! Dylan proves once and for all you don’t have to have a great voice to become a famous entertainer, doesn’t he? His fame is about lyrics, about passion and about soul. His voice has absolutely NOTHING to do with it- obviously.

On this day in 1961, Bob Dylan entered a recording studio for the first time ever. It wasn’t to sing or to perform one of his own songs. It was to play back-up harmonica for American folksinger Carolyn Hester. It was the beginning of an iconic career that saw Dylan write some of the most memorable songs in American history; songs that have spoken to three generations and counting.

Perhaps you’ve seen the Pepsi commercial that uses Dylan’s wonderful song Forever Young. It features Dylan himself and Black-Eyed Peas founding member will.i.am.

Pepsi Commercial

Dylan’s lyrics speak to the heart of most listeners- but they should speak especially to us as parents and as Christians. Read the words prayerfully…

May God bless and keep you always,
May your wishes all come true,
May you always do for others
And let others do for you.
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung,
May you stay forever young,
Forever young, forever young,
May you stay forever young.

May you grow up to be righteous,
May you grow up to be true,
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you.
May you always be courageous,
Stand upright and be strong,
May you stay forever young,
Forever young, forever young,
May you stay forever young.

May your hands always be busy,
May your feet always be swift,
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift.
May your heart always be joyful,
May your song always be sung,
May you stay forever young,
Forever young, forever young,
May you stay forever young.

Lovely words, aren’t they? A parent’s blessing for every child. And the promise of eternal life where we remain forever young- never again to grow old or sick; never again to be weak or broken; never again to enter the grave.

I have no idea what Dylan was thinking when he penned those lyrics. I have a pretty good idea what Pepsi was thinking when they used them in their commercial. But I know what I’m thinking when I hear them. I hear a parent’s prayer for their child- and I hear the promise that Jesus made in John 10:27 when he said…

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish;

Listen to His voice today, even as you listen to Bob Dylan’s peculiar, grating voice and the syncopated hip-hop vocal of will.i.am. But more than that, listen to the words of Life. Pray over your children this day and every day. Speak a blessing over their life; the blessing that only a parent can speak. The words we speak over our children matter- more than you can possibly understand.

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    Lisa S. said,

    Remember when the Pepsi slogan was “The choice of a new generation?” It’s funny to me that Pepsi would use BD, who is obviously the choice for several generations. lol Although I’ve never cared for that whining voice, I DO love these lyrics, Steve. Potent reminder for all of us today. Thank you! xoxoxox


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