Christmas In The Heart

Bob Dylan Christmas album

Bob Dylan will release a brand new album of holiday songs, Christmas In The Heart, on Tuesday, October 13,  it was announced today by Columbia Records. All of the artist’s U.S. royalties from sales of these recordings will be donated to Feeding America, guaranteeing that more than four million meals will be provided to more than 1.4 million people in need in this country during this year’s holiday season. Bob Dylan is also donating all of his future U.S. royalties from this album to Feeding America in perpetuity.

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8 comments

  1. Thankfully, Bob Dylan’s heart is not a forgetful heart, it has remained steadfast, enduring and true. Bless your heart Bob, for standing with the less-fortunate among us together through life.

    • It would be quite a Christmas treat, if Bob Dylan includes Jackson Browne’s haunting Christmas song, “The Rebel Jesus”, on his forthcoming album. If anyone could make it a holiday chestnut, Bob Dylan could, and a duet with the song’s author would add strength to the arc of the message.

  2. Thanks for your comments, Thomas. Any other opinions on the preferred content of Bob’s Xmas album?

  3. Back in the Old Folkie days, there were a few songs that were sung and played, not only at Christmas, but all year long. “A-Soalin'”, an English Yultide song, was a favorite with folk guitarists because of its cool guitar riff and its harmonic rounds were alot of fun to sing. “Go Tell It On The Mountain”, was included on Peter, Paul & Mary’s landmark album, “Blowin’ In The Wind”, which included songs by the relatively unknown songwriter, Bob Dylan. “Greensleeves” is another song associated with the Christmas season and a favorite among folk music enthusiasts all over the world. John Denver did a fine arrangement of the song on one of his Christmas records. “Auld Lang Syne”, never goes out of style and Bob Dylan’s vintage voice could deliver depth and authenticity to this old classic. Whatever songs Bob Dylan decides on for his Christmas record, let’s hope he gives us a holiday present from his very own pen. I wonder if the album’s title, “Christmas In The Heart”, is also the title of a new Bob Dylan song?

  4. The Lenono song “Happy Xmas (War is Over) is still a strong Christmas song with a lasting social message and “Merry Christmas Baby” certainly would be a conk on the head as a duet with Dylan and Clapton. Also, can you imagine Waits and Dylan recording a version of “Auld Lang Syne” or perhaps Willie and Bob waxing a definitive version of “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”.

    Alas, all great artists are free spirits and best left to their own designs and projects. After all these years, it is still a special priviledge to crank up the stereo and listen to Bob Dylan’s latest record, filled with unexpected turns and deep, memorable grooves.

    “May your heart be merry and light………”

  5. Hark! Bob Dylan’s Christmas album has been released and though my song hopefuls were not included, I am very impressed with the choices and arrangements the artist selected. The album is filled with surprising Christmas treasures that must be near and dear to Bob Dylan’s heart.

    If Mitch Miller were alive today, no doubt he would be delighted with the respect and care Bob has shown to our memorable Christmas traditions. “Christmas in the Heart” will take its rightful place among the finest of the holiday albums.

    I’ve been waiting for a Christmas album from Bob Dylan for at least ten years now and it was certainly worth the wait. Maybe he’ll do another next year, God knows, there are a lot of wonderful Christmas songs and children to be fed.

    Yes, “I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams.”

  6. There’s something to be said for Bob becoming Father Xmas, at least in the States!

  7. I can’t quite get used to the idea of Bob Dylan as Father Christmas, Albert Finney is more my idea of Father Christmas. Still, with a liitle bit of luck, Bob Dylan will help ring in the holiday season this year and fill it with good cheer and goodwill. Who knows, maybe Christmas songs will be heard everywhere you go, which would certainly be a welcome change from the absurd political correctness foisted on America over the last decade or so.

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