Today we celebrate Bob Dylan. It's his 78th birthday. Whether you love him or hate him, you've got to admit that Bob Dylan is an amazing songwriter who has had a huge impact on rock and roll. And folk music.

The first time I saw Bob Dylan was in the late 70s in new Haven. His new music at the time was not my favorite Bob Dylan stuff, but the show was incredible. He did lots of his older material which made me happy. Then I saw him at the Mid Hudson Civic Center in the mid 90s. Also a good show. In the early 2000s I saw him twice in one week, and I didn't even have to travel very far from home. The first show was at The Chance in Poughkeepsie and the second at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill. His voice wasn't the best, but the band was amazing, and it was still damn good. I also saw him with Tom Petty a few years after that. I guess I have been to more Dylan shows than I even realized, and I've pretty much enjoyed them all.

Today's lost treasure goes out to my longtime friend Tommy Webster. He made me love Bob Dylan even more than I already had. That was many, many years ago. And we are still friends after all these years. Here's to Bob Dylan's birthday and to long lasting friendships.

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