Dylan and Springsteen are rare. As I get older, I find it more perplexing that pop rock musicians feel obliged to imitate them - writing the music and lyrics for songs. So many of the lyrics are both inane and poorly written.
Why couldn't more musicians share the wealth with real poets, hiring them to write or at least collaborate on the lyrics to catchy tunes? In a world of iPod plugged young people, just think what intelligent lyrics could mean. A national campaign to hire poets for music could do more to raise SAT scores and IQs than reading programs.