Bob Dylan : Donovan :: Scotch : Bourbon, Stephen H. Webb asserts in today’s On the Square:
There are many imitators of Dylan (and many types of bourbon that aim at scotch’s greatness), but you cannot fake peaty stench or smoke-aged vocal cords. Think about how a beauty mark can make someone who is merely attractive appear perfect, and then think too of the curious phenomenon of Monroe piercing, which is the insertion of a metal ball above the left side of the upper lip, in homage of Marilyn. You can’t buy the kind of ugly from which beauty is made.
A friend of mine once told me that “peaty scotch is not actually intended for human consumption.” I did not think to ask him what he thought of Bob Dylan’s voice. However, I’m pretty fond of both of them, myself.