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The Songs he didn’t write: Bob Dylan In My Time of Dying





“The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing, thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness”
– Psalms 41:3

In My Time of Dying (also called Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed or variations on this) is a traditional gospel music song that has been recorded by numerous musicians. Bob Dylan recorded it for his debut album as In My Time Of Dyin’.

It was (as most of the songs on the album) cut in one take.

” I can’t see myself singing the same song twice in a row. That’s terrible.”
– Bob Dylan

“Dylan had never sung ‘In My Time of Dyin’ ‘ prior to this recording session. He does not recall where he first heard it. The guitar is fretted with the lipstick holder [ makeshift slide ] he borrowed from his girl, Suze Rotolo, who sat devotedly and wide-eyed through the recording session.”
– Liner Notes, Bob Dylan (album, 1962)

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The Songs he didn’t write: Bob Dylan See that my grave is kept clean





See That My Grave Is Kept Clean is a blues song recorded by Blind Lemon Jefferson in two slightly differing versions in October 1927 and February 1928 that became one of his most famous compositions.

Bob Dylan recorded the song for his 1962 debut album Bob Dylan.

Bob Dylan does a great interpretation of the song. It is the last song on the album, and what a send-off. It is stunning, great guitar playing, fantastic singing, understated and insistent at the same time. Dylan’s voice is remarkable Continue reading The Songs he didn’t write: Bob Dylan See that my grave is kept clean

The Songs he didn’t write: Bob Dylan Fixin’ To Die





In 1961,  Bob Dylan recorded “Fixin’ to Die” for his debut album, released the following year. The album liner notes indicate that it “was learned from an old recording by Bukka White”. However, Dylan’s arrangement uses a slightly different melody line and some new lyrics.

Album version:

The urgency and intensity of Dylan’s performance gets me every time, I love it. Continue reading The Songs he didn’t write: Bob Dylan Fixin’ To Die

Bob Dylan sings the blues – a playlist

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Playlist: Bob Dylan sings the blues

Blues is a genre and musical form that originated in African-American communities in the “Deep South” of the United States around the end of the 19th century. The genre is a fusion of traditional African music and European folk music, spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads.

The blues form, ubiquitous in jazz, rhythm and blues and rock and roll, is characterised by the call-and-response pattern and specific chord progressions, of which the twelve-bar blues is the most common.

Bob Dylan is heavily influenced by blues in many of its shapes, jazz blues, country blues, folk blues, gospel blues, swing blues and more. All these forms of music are what we often call roots oriented music and stems from old music traditions. Dylan has played blues and blues influenced songs all through his career.

The songs I’ve picked are not necessary pure blues, but I believe all of them touches the blues or are strongly influenced by it. There are many more I could have picked, but I like this collection. It is a good playlist for those blue and rainy Western-Norway days.

Cant Wait in Milan 2011 – His most bluesy and best live performance the last 20 years, in my not so humble opinion:

Bob Dylan sings the blues, Spotify playlist:

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Other playlists:
Bob Dylan sings about Rivers, Oceans and Ships
Bob Dylan – Songs that could have been movies
Bob Dylan – Songs about real persons
Bob Dylan – Murder ballads
Bob Dylan Shadows in the night track listing and Sinatra Spotify playlist

– Hallgeir

July 28: The late Mike Bloomfield was born in 1943

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July 28: The late Mike Bloomfield was born in 1943

“Expression, pure expression. Without a guitar, I’m like a poet with no hands. Actually I can articulate much clearer on the guitar than anything else.”
~Mike Bloomfield (Rolling Stone, April 1968)

“When I’m playing blues guitar real well, it’s a lot like B.B. King. But I don’t know, it’s my own thing when there are major notes and sweet runs. You know I like sweet blues. The English cats play very hard funky blues. Like Aretha sings is how they play guitar. I play sweet blues. I can’t explain it. I want to be singing. I want to be sweet.”
~Mike Bloomfield (Rolling Stone, April 1968)

Son House, Mike Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield discuss and play the blues:

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