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Something’s happenin’ here

What it is ain’t exactly clear.

Tonight’s TuneDamage selection is pretty much self-explanatory, I believe. Been meaning to put this one up for a cpl-three weeks now; I was just waiting for an excuse, and now seems like about as good a time as any. Although on reflection, election day might be an even more apt choice.

All in all, one apt tune calls for another, right?

If you’re experiencing a strong sense of deja vue right now, it’s justified. I have indeed run this one before—more than once too, if I’m not mistaken. Now admittedly, with apologies to our good friend Bill, I’ve never been what you’d call a Bob Dylan fan, although of course I’m musician enough myself to acknowledge the man’s genius. That said, I’ve always considered this song to be one of Dylan’s absolute best. And here, Frankie Perez—with his breathy, passionate vocal overlaying a gently captivating instrumental arrangement—has rejiggered a genuine masterpiece into a thing of purest, deepest beauty.

Legions of players have covered Dylan’s stuff over the years, with varying results. While I do still maintain that some classic tunes should just be left the hell alone, the above isn’t one of ’em. I’m confident Mr Zimmerman is well aware of Lopez’ rendition. And I’d be surprised indeed if he didn’t approve wholeheartedly.

4 thoughts on “Something’s happenin’ here

  1. I go from landslide/Trump to feeling like we might lose. I suppose part of it is just ignoring what I see in order not to feel disappointment in my country. I have never before said this was the election that mattered above any other, and yet here we are, one last chance to buy some time to right things peacefully.

  2. It would be a landslide and I am not concerned too much about most about America. 40% are TWANLOC and will vote for the Bidenfuhrer.

    The question is how many will stand for the Fraud that would be needed to send Biden over the top.
    it will be obvious because it will have to be more obvious than FL 2000. Way more obvious.

    The extent to which the Socialists will be willing to support that should be the signal for what Patriots should be willing to do to combat that.

  3. I like the version of Dylan here, except for the vocal. Of course, if I was native Spanish it would resonate more. I even took Spanish in High School so much of it sounds familiar since I kno9w the English words.

    Point one. I always thought this was one of Dylan’s best vocal performances as well as a great production. As a stand alone Dylan piece his is as good as any cover version done.

    Point two. I really like this version musically except the vocal. I always liked Spanish Guitar (nice opening on the guitar giving the melody) and hence Mexican music. I really like Mariachi Music (which this is not) and so Mexican music appeals to me. The piano is especially nice when it comes in.

    I like when someone like Doug Sahm does music like this, except in English. The Texas Tornadoes with Freddy Fender, Flaco Jimenez and Augie Meyers is solid.

    The best Dylan covers are Hendrix and Along The Watchtower, Clapton and Don’t Think Twice, The Byrds with Mr. Tambourine Man and The O’Jay’s Emotionally Yours.
    Hat tip to Guns ‘n’ Rose and Knocking On Heaven’s Door.

    90% of the time I like the Dylan cover more than the Dylan version. He was a Brill Building songwriter that went out on his own.

    1. Well, damn. I think at one time I knew “All along the watchtower” was written by Dylan. But I had forgotten if so, so thinks for the reminder.

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