Joan Baez’s journey to forgiveness and her uncertain future in music
Joan Baez, the 82-year-old folk music icon, has recently revealed that she has found “total forgiveness” for her ex-partner and musical collaborator, Bob Dylan. The couple began dating in 1960 but ended their relationship abruptly in 1965. For years, Baez harbored resentment towards Dylan, but her art helped her let go of those feelings.
Reflecting on their past, Baez admitted that they were young and foolish at the time, and she realized that holding onto blame forever was not productive. It was through her artistic expression that she found forgiveness. After painting a portrait of Dylan in his youth and listening to his music, Baez dissolved into tears. By the end of the painting process, she had let go of all animosity towards him.
Baez’s hit song “Diamonds and Rust” from 1975 was inspired by her relationship with Dylan. However, the folk singer is uncertain about her return to making music. Having officially retired from touring in 2019, Baez is unsure if there is any possibility of new music. She feels that it may be too late in the game for her.
One reason for her hesitation is the change in her voice over the years. Baez acknowledges that she would have to give up her old vocal style and find what works in her new vocal register. While it presents a challenge, she also finds it exciting to explore new possibilities in her singing.
In her post-music career, Baez has been focusing on drawing and writing poetry. She cherishes the time spent with her son Gabriel Harris and his daughter Jasmine. Retirement was not a concept that held much meaning for her, and she has found a burst of creative energy in this new phase of her life.
Joan Baez’s journey towards forgiveness and her uncertain future in music highlights the transformative power of art and the willingness to embrace new challenges. As she continues to explore different forms of artistic expression, Baez serves as an inspiration for others to let go of past grievances and find new avenues for creativity and personal growth.