"What I had to work at, Mike already had in his genes, in his genetic makeup. Before he was even born, this music had to be in his blood. Nobody could just learn this stuff, and it dawned on me that I might have to change my inner thought patterns... that I would have to start believing in possibilities that I wouldn't have allowed before, that I had been closing my creativity down to a very narrow, controllable scale... that things had become too familiar and I might have to disorientate myself.
I knew I was doing things right, was on the right road, was getting all the knowledge immediately and firsthand — memorizing words and melodies and changes, but now I saw that it could take me the rest of my life to make practical use of that knowledge and Mike didn't have to do that. He was just right there. He was too good and you can't be «too good», not in this world, anyway. In order to be as good as that, you'd just about have to be him, and nobody else. Folk songs are evasive — the truth about life, and life is more or less a lie, but then again that's exactly the way we want it to be. We wouldn't be comfortable with it any other way."
— Bob Dylan, in "Chronicles volume 1" (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005)