The Beat from Troy Music Hall #46, The Times, They Are a-Changin’

Nobel prize winner Bob Dylan sold his song catalog this week for 300 million dollars. The opinion in the Music Hall offices is that 300 million seems low. He is a brilliant songwriter whose work has inspired generations! It’s estimated that his songs have been recorded by more than 6,000 artists. To celebrate his work, we dedicate this week’s Beat to his phenomenal skills as a musician/songwriter. For more details about this blockbuster deal, click here.

We know this is hard, especially during this holiday season. If you need someone to listen, NYS has set up a Covid Emotional Support Helpline – call 1-844-863-9314, available 8 AM – 10 PM, seven days a week.

“Make You Feel My Love”

Make You Feel My Love
Released in 1997 on the album Time Out of Mind

Two very different sounds from two very different artists. Adele’s version was filmed for the David Letterman show in 2011. Garth Brooks performed his at the Academy of Country Music in 1999.

“Girl From The North Country” 

Girl From The North County
Recorded and released in 1963 on The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan

George Ezra (whose deep, mature voice does not match that sweet, babyface) and Neil Young both cover this song. Similar styles, but they claim each version as their own due to the different sounds of their voices.

“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”

Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
Written for the soundtrack of the 1973 film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

Two radically different interpretations of the same song. The Grateful Dead performed it live in 1989, with a mellow vibe.

A more rock n’ roll version was played by Guns N’ Roses. They performed this at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium in London in 1992.

“Boots of Spanish Leather”

Boots of Spanish Leather
Released in 1964 on the album The Times They Are a-Changin’

Both these versions are similar, and both are beautiful. Singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith sings it solo, while Mandolin Orange share the vocals between bandmates Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz.

“I Shall Be Released”

I Shall Be Released
Written by Bob Dylan in 1967. The first officially released version was from The Band’s 1968 debut album, Music from Big Pink.

The late, great Nina Simone creates a jazzy, gospel type sound with this now-classic Dylan tune.

In 2018, Rising Appalachia does a much sparser version of the same song.

Covers From Artists Who’ve Played at the Hall

The Man, The Myth, The Legend

We thought we should end with some tunes played by Mr. Dylan. Both of these videos were recorded in 1964, very early in his career. The first was at the Newport Folk Festival, and the second is a full half-hour TV special filmed by CBS. His talent as a songwriter shines through in both.

We can’t resist ending with one of his more recent projects. You have to love his sense of play! His thirty-fourth studio album, Christmas in the Heart, was released in 2009, with all the proceeds going to charity. His video for the song “It Must Be Santa” brought much joy to the Music Hall’s Administrative Offices the year it was released. We’d like to dedicate this video to our former co-worker, and recently retiree from the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, Ms. Connie Buch. ♡♡♡

Kids Corner!

Join Laurie Berkner and special guest Susie Lampert for a LIVE interactive virtual performance for the whole family! Sing, dance, and play games through your device with Laurie as she performs holiday songs and fan favorites. They will interact with you through the screen and bring in a few surprises – from her house to yours!Click here for all the details and to purchase your tickets.

How to Wrap a Goat for Christmas

No goats were harmed in the making of this video.

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