I enjoyed some of what you had to say about my friend Bob Dylan ("Dylan worth the time, no matter the quality," City Lights, July 14). As for what the media has to say about him, it's the same old stuff. And as for the word "icon," you in the media need to buy dictionaries and learn some new words. The Black Madonna is an icon, if you know who she is, but Dylan is just a guy who decided to write and sing songs. He was never really a folk singer. And Robert Zimmerman never really became Bob Dylan. It's just his job.
I've been to some rough Dylan shows. I heard him sing "Moon River" the night after Stevie Ray Vaughan died. Rough and awesome. Of course, in this "culture," most of the audience wouldn't even know the song. I've never heard Dylan sing "gibberish." But if you've never heard his music before, how would you know what he's singing anyway? I've never had a hard time recognizing his songs live.