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Christmas comes early for Bob Dylan fans

September 18, 2009 |  4:18 pm

I suspect that everyone who has ever cared about Bob Dylan has been wondering the same thing lately: What is that crazy Christmas album going to sound like?


As announced last month, Dylan has an album coming Oct. 13 called "Christmas in the Heart," which features a host of very traditional holiday standards, including "Santa Claus Lane," "Winter Wonderland," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?" (Dylan is donating his royalties from the project to Feeding America.)

You can now hear excerpts from the songs themselves on YouTube and I have to say -- it truly boggles the brain. All sorts of analogies come to mind (trying to imagine Sarah Palin doing System of a Down ... Oprah doing Willie Nelson ... Kanye West doing, well, a whole album of Taylor Swift originals).

But the best I can come up with is Charles Bukowski reading a speech by Sen. Orrin Hatch. Listen for yourself and let me know what you think:


Photo of Bob Dylan by William Claxton / Associated Press