P a v l a k | 1 Jacob Pavlak Christine J Olding CRN: 40741 (Writing 1) Due: 12/1/2017 Essay #3 “Bob Dylan vs Post Malone” Music is a very subjective topic within our lives. I have not always been a fan of the current music genre that is dominating our culture today. But I still respect the music for what it is and the message it sends. I like very seldom artists that make their way into the mainstream culture in our current time, like Post Malone. Post Malone’s song “I Fall Apart” is a perfect example of why I like him as an artist. The song itself sends a certain message that can relate to many rock songs. For one example “To Ramona” by Bob Dylan, has many parallels to “I Fall Apart”. They are different genres, but with music being such a subjective topic within our lives, the songs can be perceived extremely different by anyone. Each song having its own unique message both written from different minds, are different in many ways, but also very similar. Through songs both artists effectively communicate the message they want to get out to the world. The songs “I Fall Apart” and “To Ramona” by Post Malone and Bob Dylan, share many similarities and differences rhetorically through the lyrics and instrumentation. This can be analyzed and determined by using pathos, logos, and ethos.
P a v l a k | 2 With a recording career spanning more than fifty years, Bob Dylan has defied existing pop music conventions and appealed to the counter culture of the 60’s and so on. Bob Dylan was not always Bob Dylan, he was born as “Robert Allen Zimmerman, in Saint Mary’s hospital on May 24, 1941, in Minnesota” (“Bob Dylan,” 30 Nov. 2017). In Bob Dylan’s early years, he listened to country and blues, and later rock and roll. Some of Bob Dylan’s influences were Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, and Little Richard. Bob Dylan’s interest in rock and roll, gave him a clear path to American folk music, because he wanted to reflect life in a realistic way, with more triumph, and deeper feelings. “When I got into folk music, it was more of a serious type of thing. The songs are filled with more despair, more sadness, more triumph, more faith in the supernatural, much deeper feelings” (Bob Dylan). Giving songs deeper meaning is exactly what Dylan has done. Many of Bob Dylan’s songs were labeled as protest songs. His lyrics questioned the social and political status quo, while appealing to deeper feelings. Bob Dylan appealed to nonconformity and moral authority, he enhanced his reputation as more than just a song writer, but a voice of a generation. As an upcoming artist with only gaining major recognition since 2015, with his debut single “White Iverson”. As a new artist, Post Malone does not have much history behind his music, but he does express himself in whatever way he sees fit as a true artist. “Born on July 4, 1995, as Austin Richard Post, he later chose the stage name Post Malone” (“Post Malone,” 29 Nov. 2017). He was born in New York and his family later moved to Texas. When Post Malone