Jeder's manchmol einsam, net nur du (Happy birthday Bob!)
Today Robert Allen Zimmerman, better known as Bob Dylan, turns 70. Although I don't particularly care for his voice, there is no denying that he wrote some terrific songs - especially when covered by others. By far the best interpretation of his work is also one of the most unlikely: a complete album (Leopardenfell, 1996) by BAP singer Wolfgang Niedecken. Seventeen covers of Bob Dylan songs, translated into German, or to be more precise, into Koellsch, the dialect of the city of Cologne. Niedecken is the singer of BAP, my favourite German band. He achieves the impossible on this album: he makes you forget that these are Dylan songs (even though he takes some of the most famous ones like A hard rain's a gonna fall and Mighty Quinn) and makes them sound like his own work. Absolutely brilliant is his version of It's all over now, baby blue, which translated becomes Jeder's manchmol einsam, net nur du (Everyone is sometimes lonely, not just you). Sandwiched between some of the best sax playing this side of Baker Street, this sensitive ballad unfolds to great effect. A simple video, but worth playing just to explore this beautiful music. Happy birthday Bob!
Art Rock score: 10/10 (brilliant masterpiece, one of 200 best songs of all time)
About me: Dutchman, married to a beautiful and highly talented artist from Shanghai. Although my education (PhD chemistry) is very much associated with the left side of the brain, I like to use my right side for my hobbies: music, art, photography.
About this blog: I started this blog in August 2006, just wanting to share what I considered interesting pieces of visual art and music. I suffered from blogging blues for most of 2008, but making a fresh start in October of that year has done wonders for my inspiration. In case you did not notice, most posts end with a small symbol... just click that for the relevant link. All pictures in my blog are hosted on blogger - if some do not show up (the red cross syndrome) it is a blogger hiccup. Right click and selecting "show picture" should do the trick.
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