End of ADS-L Digest - 22 Dec 1997 to 23 Dec 1997 ************************************************ Subject: ADS-L Digest - 23 Dec 1997 to 24 Dec 1997 There are 4 messages totalling 122 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. "Dylanist" 2. Season's Greetings (3) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 24 Dec 1997 14:32:03 -0500 From: Alan Baragona Subject: "Dylanist" I thought this might be appropriate in light of the recent Kennedy Center award ceremony. My daughter was surfing the Web and came across the term "Dylanist," defined as follows by a 12 year old girl: "Dylanists are musicians who's songs are nonsense when analyzed. Mainly, Dylanist music sticks in your head and drives you nuts." Frankly, I'd never seen the word before and would've assumed a "Dylanist" was someone who studied Bob Dylan. But a quick Web-search turned up a different definition. Anne McCaffrey's sci-fi novel _The Ship Who Sang_ says this: "A Dylanist is a social commentator, a protester, using music as a weapon, a stimulus. A skilled Dylanist ... can make so compelling an argument with melody and words that what he wants to say becomes insinuated into the sub-conscious... You can imagine how effective that is when you're proselytizing for a cause." There is also a novel by Brian Morton called _The Dylanist_, but I can't find anything else about it. So is anyone familiar with this term and its usage? Alan B.