Bob Dylan will release a brand new album of holiday songs, Christmas In The Heart, on Tuesday, October 13, it was announced today by Columbia Records. All of the artist’s U.S. royalties from sales of these recordings will be donated to Feeding America, guaranteeing that more than four million meals will be provided to more than 1.4 million people in need in this country during this year’s holiday season. Bob Dylan is also donating all of his future U.S. royalties from this album to Feeding America in perpetuity.
Songs include “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Little Drummer Boy” and “Must Be Santa.”
Who says Bob Dylan’s “Christian years” are in the past?
The pop bard is recording a Christmas album.
Can you imagine Dylan croaking “I’ll be Home for Christmas.” It’s on the album!
According to Bullypulpit.com, which broke the story, Dylan has also put down “Must Be Santa,” “Here Comes Santa Claus,” and “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”
Scott Marshall, author of a forthcoming book, “God and Bob Dylan: A Spiritual Life,” says: “A Christmas album by Bob Dylan in the pipeline doesn’t really shock me. At first glance it may sound bizarre, but I don’t think Dylan cares much about what his detractors might make of it. Dylan still sings songs from ‘Slow Train Coming’ to this day and he’s both never renounced being Jewish or renounced his experience with Jesus some three decades ago. He remains enigmatic and this will probably be talked about for years to come.”
Billboard notes: “Dylan, who was born Robert Zimmerman, will join a music business tradition of Jewish artists who release Christmas-themed albums, including Neil Diamond and Phil Spector. Irving Berlin, who wrote the yuletide classic “White Christmas,” was also Jewish.”
But is Dylan still Jewish? Still Christian? I’ve heard some interesting hints, but…no one knows for sure but the man.