I’m a bookworm. I love and worship books. And being the bookworm in me, it’s important that I know and follow authors that are winners/nominees for either Nobel Prize, Man Booker Prize, Pulitzer Prize and in our country, the local Palanca Award. It’s an added point if the author I’m reading falls under these categories (winner or nominee).
I’ve been following Nobel since the last two years (I guess?!) ’cause my favorite author (Haruki Murakami) have been nominated but have lost for two consecutive years! This year, the most coveted Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan and my initial reaction was whaaaa?!
Okay, I don’t know much about the guy but I do know that he is not a writer of books and Nobel Prize in Lit have always been won by prominent authors. So, why him?
I didn’t really google the guy and his contribution to the music industry and was ready to move on with my ordinary life until his acceptance speech came out and I was moved at the depth of his message.
The message was that he have always been all about his art and the songs that he write and how it will reach people and affect their lives. I conveyed that he never once stopped and think if what he’s doing is worthy of any awards for literature and that if it even is considered literature.
I was moved at how much effort and importance he gives to his and work and he values it without expecting anything in return, that the general reception of the public of his works is what he considered his awards. That for me, is the true definition of an “artist”.
It reminded me that I should have the same outlook in life and in my chosen profession as well. It’s true that where I am now (professionally) is not what I’ve dreamed of (but hey, it pays the bill. ) Maybe, someday, I’ll find my true calling and thanks to Bob Dylan, I will always remember how it should be done; all for the work, expect nothing in return..
I can say that with this speech, I may have come to terms that maybe, he deserved the Nobel. I might have to pray hard for next year for Murakami san’s turn for the spotlight. Haha!
I am sharing with you snippet of his speech that I loved the most but you can check out the entirety of it in here.
Well, I’ve been doing what I set out to do for a long time, now. I’ve made dozens of records and played thousands of concerts all around the world. But it’s my songs that are at the vital center of almost everything I do. They seemed to have found a place in the lives of many people throughout many different cultures and I’m grateful for that.