Fresh Voices: Composition at Cal Poly


Aaron Jahoda’s unique profile essay, “Sings With His Tongue on Fire,” combines a series of approaches: he profiles the timelessness of Bob Dylan’s music, examines how Dylan’s poetic lyrics inspire his mother to create her own music, and he explores the many ways Dylan’s work encourages his own musical endeavors. Jahoda introduces the reader to his complex profile by explaining the way Dylan’s music makes him feel. Does his use of specific lyrics help his audience understand his experiences? The essay is distinctive because it moves beyond profiling a person or place; instead, the author challenges the reader to imagine a larger scope of what an artist’s influence can create. As you read, keep in mind the author’s impressions of Dylan: “Dylan’s gift to the world is his lyrics, and they will live forever because of what they said and how they said it.”