Lyrics Through Music
Ballad of a Thin Man is a song about a man that walks into a room and thinks that he knows everything better than anyone else. However it isn't a plain, ordinary room that he walks into but a traveling circus filled with sword swallowers, one-eyed midgets and cows that talk, who challenge his facticity.

Made by Lilja María Ásmundsdóttir

Made by Lilja María Ásmundsdóttir

About the project…

In lyrics trough music, Mikael Máni Ásmundsson performs Bob Dylan’s songs for solo guitar. The idea behind the project is to interpret Bob Dylan’s lyrics through the instrument. The method Mikael uses while playing the songs is to mix written arrangements and improvisations. In the written part the aim is to bring to life the emotions in the lyrics, while he plays the melody on the guitar the lyric is the core of the interpretation of the piece and the performance is inspired by it.

Before the concert a booklet designed by Lilja María Ásmundsdóttir will be distributed, with the lyrics to the 8 songs Mikael will be performing.
The audience will then be able to control their individual experience of the music by choosing whether they want to just listen or read the lyrics Dylan wrote to connect with the songs in another way.


Mikael Mani Asmundsson's arrangement of Bob Dylan's Buckets of Rain
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