In case you hadn't already figured this out, I am a very big fan of Bob Dylan. So I couldn't let May 24 pass without mentioning that the legend is celebrating his 66th birthday today. Happy birthday, Bob!

Having seen him perform live as recently as October, I can attest that Dylan — who has taken to dressing like a cowboy at all times — still looks almost eerily spry, performing jaunty little dances behind his keyboard.

Most of my peers respect Dylan and enjoy his music, but most of them are just casual fans, as I myself used to be. But after spending some serious time with his discography over the past couple years, I've grown to believe that Dylan is one of the greatest musicians this country has produced. To find out why and listen to my three-song Dylan retrospective, read more

It's utterly astounding to me that Bob Dylan has been churning out excellent music for more than 40 years, penning stunning poetry and changing the course of American pop music. So to celebrate, I've gathered three songs from different phases of Dylan's career: a 1964 performance by charming, cheeky young Bob Dylan; a 70s classic and crowd favorite; and a lively summertime blues track off one of his latest albums. Enjoy!

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