Friday, May 25, 2018

I Spent Bob Dylan's Birthday at a "Covers Concert" at Town Hall

On April 12, 1963, I was an 8th-grade student at JHS 190 while He's So Fine by the Chiffons was the number one song.  At that time I hadn't yet heard of Bob Dylan played his first major concert at Town Hall on West 43rd Street in Manhattan.  The original concert is archived at

The songs played at that concert were "re-imagined" last night at the same venue as stated by Steven Bernstein, the musical director of the performer.  Back then Dylan just played with an acoustic guitar and a harmonica, but last night's show was done by an ensemble with over 12 musicians.  I always feel that when a performer covers one or many of Dylan's songs the new version should be different from the original.  This was certainly the case last night.  I do feel that a few of the songs were overdone as the words were masked by ornate music, but in most cases, the musical arrangement
enhanced the song.


  • Ramblin’ Down Thru The World
  • Bob Dylan’s Dream
  • Talkin’ New York
  • Ballad Of Hollis Brown
  • Walls Of Red Wing
  • All Over You
  • Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues
  • Boots Of Spanish Leather
  • Hero Blues
  • Blowin’ In The Wind
  • John Brown
  • Tomorrow Is A Long Time
  • A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
  • Dusty Old Fairgrounds
  • Who Killed Davey Moore?
  • Seven Curses
  • Highway 51
  • Pretty Peggy-O
  • Bob Dylan’s New Orleans Rag
  • Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
  • Hiding Too Long
  • With God On Our Side
  • Masters Of War
  • Last Thoughts On Woody Guthrie

No comments:

Personal-Journals blog