Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Two Dylan Covers By Chris Cornell, Sort Of

Saturday night the Bluegrass Review, a radio show that airs on KUMD just before John Bushey's Highway 61 Revisited program here in the Northland, did something interesting. They played a number of early Dylan songs and covers in the bluegrass style by various musicians. The program's host showed the interplay of genres, how songs bleed into new forms when a bluegrass musician re-interprets folk or even rock.

Two day later someone called to share that at a Chris Cornell concert he'd been to, Cornell played two Dylan covers. Or rather, he played one cover and re-wrote more contemporary lyrics for another, the Sixties anthem "The Times They Are A-Changing."

Cornell is a singer-songwriter whose been around for some time, at one time the primary songwriter for Seattle's Soundgarden and Audioslave.  My friend saw Chris Cornell last Friday night, performing on an acoustic tour playing his own material and covers.

Here's Chris Cornell performing Dylan's "I Threw It All Away."

If you can catch the lyrics (not entirely easy) you might enjoy Cornell's rendition of  The Times They Are A-Changin'.  You can also try Reddit for some assistance, but this person, too, isn't always getting it right.

Meantime, life goes on all around you.

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