Apple has posted on its web site the celebration of Steve Jobs’ life that it held last Wednesday. And, at least for me, one of the more poignant moments comes when Norah Jones takes the stage (around the 23 minute mark) and sings a moving version of Bob Dylan’s Forever Young (29 minute mark).
Jobs always had a special affection for Dylan’s songwriting. According to Walter Isaacson’s new biography, Jobs and Steve Wozniak bonded over Dylan’s music as young men. “The two of us would go tramping through San Jose and Berkeley and ask about Dylan bootlegs and collect them,” Wozniak recalled. “We’d buy brochures of Dylan lyrics and stay up late interpreting them. Dylan’s words struck chords of creative thinking.”
Later, when Jobs created the famous “Think Different” ad, he made sure that Dylan was among the 17 rebels featured in it. (Watch the never-aired commercial narrated by Jobs himself here.) Apple also helped underwrite the production of Martin Scorsese’s Bob Dylan documentary, No Direction Home. And, even down to his last days, Jobs’ personal iPod was packed with iconic music from the 60s — the Beatles, the Stones and, of course, Bob Dylan too. Enjoy, and for good measure, we’re adding a song from Coldplay’s performance, which comes later in the celebration.