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Posts tagged with "Bob Dylan"

Bob Dylan - A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall:

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians - A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall:

Ann Wilson (feat. Shawn Colvin & Rufus Wainwright) - A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall:

Yet another 30 day music challenge

Day 18: A song that would play during your death scene if your life were a movie.

Oh, Bob Dylan’s I Shall Be Released. There are so many legendary covers of this song, I had a hard time choosing which video to post. The one I keep coming back to is this 1970 performance by The Band. It’s not the prettiest, but Bob Dylan and The Band just go together.

Oct 1

30 day music challenge

Day 27: A song that breaks your heart.

It isn’t so much the song as it is the version of it. There’s a group of senior citizens called Young@Heart, who sing songs that are normally listened to by younger people, but that take on new meaning when performed by these older folks. They’re not professional singers, but they give performances in various places, and a few years ago a documentary was made about them. There used to be a video on YouTube of them singing Bob Dylan’s Forever Young to a group of inmates in a correctional facility. Unfortunately, I can’t find it now, but you can see a tiny bit of it in this trailer for the documentary. The heart-wrenching thing about the Forever Young performance is that, at first, the inmates don’t really get why they’re being made to watch a bunch of old people singing. But by the end, they’re so moved by these people who could be their grandparents singing Forever Young, and the tragedy (which is not lost on them) is that they themselves are young, but because of mistakes they’ve made in their lives, they’re not free to enjoy it. If you ever get a chance to see this movie, trust me, bring a hanky.

30 day music challenge

Day 15: A song that has been covered by another artist.

I was going to go with Brandon Boyd’s vast improvement on Elvis Costello’s Alison, but with all the chatter about Timelapse Consortium during the past couple of days, I thought something progressive would be appropriate. So here’s early Yes with a brilliant cover of Paul Simon’s America. My other idea was to focus just on the tons of great covers of Bob Dylan’s work, my favorites being Rage Against the Machine’s version of Maggie’s Farm, The Dead Weather’s New Pony, Eric Clapton’s Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, The Pretenders’ Forever Young, and the Band’s I Shall Be Released. Probably the most famous take on the latter was done by Joe Cocker, and of all the bazillions of Beatles covers, I think the best is his version of With A Little Help From My Friends. Then there’s Linda Ronstadt, who pretty much did nothing but covers, many of them great, but none better than her version of Neil Young’s Birds. (She covered Alison too, by the way.) I could go on and on forever with this, but I’ll just mention three more: the Chili Peppers’ cover of Stevie Wonder’s Higher Ground, Chris Cornell’s cover of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, and the Foo Fighters’ cover of Arcade Fire’s Keep the Car Running.

30 day music challenge

Day 8: A song about drugs or alcohol.

Oh, The Needle and the Damage Done by Neil Young, but there are many others, like Drugs or Me by Jimmy Eat World, Heroin by The Velvet Underground, Cocaine by Eric Clapton, Cocaine by Jackson Browne, Mother’s Little Helper by The Rolling Stones, Hold Me Down by The Gin Blossoms, Rehab by Amy Winehouse, Trip Like I Do by The Crystal Method (I like the Filter version better), and oh yeah, We’re Smokin’ the Herb Again from the EP When Incubus Attacks. There are also a lot of songs that are arguably about drugs, but there are differing opinions, like White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane, Eight Miles High by The Byrds, Hurdy Gurdy Man by Donovan, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by The Beatles, and Mr. Tambourine Man by Bob Dylan. (I may be wrong, but I’d always heard they used to pass around the LSD-laced sugar cubes in a tambourine.) Steely Dan’s Kid Charlemagne is supposed to be about famed LSD supplier Owlsley Stanley, and Arlo Guthrie hopes to dodge the authorities in Coming Into Los Angeles. Less serious fare includes I Drink Alone and One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer by George Thorogood, Smoke Two Joints by Sublime, Twigs and Seeds by Jesse Winchester, Shanty by Jonathan Edwards, One Toke Over the Line by Brewer & Shipley, The No No Song by Ringo Starr, and for all you Parrotheads out there, there’s Margaritaville, and the ever popular Why Don’t We Get Drunk and Screw? by Jimmy Buffett.

Sep 7

30 day music challenge

Day 2: A song you like with a number in the title.

A tie between Three Little Birds by Bob Marley and 11 a.m. by Incubus. Honorable mentions include One Step Up by Bruce Springsteen (the only song I’m listing with “one” in the title, because there are way too many), Four Sticks and Ten Years Gone by Led Zeppelin, Sun/C79 by Cat Stevens, Just the Two of Us by Bill Withers & Grover Washington Jr., 4 + 20 by Stephen Stills, Four Strong Winds by Neil Young, Freedom at 21 by Jack White, 3’s & 7’s by Queens of the Stone Age, Dead Road 7 by The Kills, and, okay, two more “one” songs: In One Ear by Cage the Elephant, and Bob Dylan’s One More Cup of Coffee by The White Stripes. For something new, let’s throw in 45 by Gaslight Anthem, and can I get a bonus point for One More Night by Maroon 5, since the band’s name has a number in it too?

Sep 6

30 day music challenge

Day 1: A song you like with a color in the title.

Black Dog by Led Zeppelin, but there are tons of others. First, I think I should get bonus points for the ones by bands that have colors in their names too, like Nights in White Satin by The Moody Blues, Bad Luck Blue Eyes Goodbye by The Black Crowes, and Little Black Submarines by The Black Keys. And maybe also Sky Blue and Black by Jackson Browne - does that count? Here’s more:

Hmmm. Incubus, who hardly ever covers anyone, has covered TWO of these songs (Paint it Black and Black Hole Sun). Is it great minds thinking alike? :-)

Sep 4

The Dead Weather - New Pony

Ouvrez la cage…

Rage Against the Machine - Maggie’s Farm

Possibly the best Dylan cover ever. (Well okay, this one by the Dead Weather comes close.)

Oct 4

…and now for something completely different…

The Dead Weather’s version of New Pony.  "Sauvage…"