“The highest form of song is prayer.”
-Bob Dylan

STOCKHOLM 04.05.2002


Just a few days after performing at the 2002 Grammy's, Bob Dylan recorded a new re-write of "Gonna Change My Way of Thinking" for "Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan" with longtime friend Mavis Staples. One month later he would kick off a new tour in Stockholm Sweden and perform Solid Rock (what many consider the theme song to his gospel era concerts) for the first time in 20 years. Dylan would continue to perform this rousing song as well as other gospel era songs at numerous concerts across Europe and beyond. The two-time Grammy nominated compilation would be released on Sony/Columbia one year later on April 1, 2003.



Sinead O'Connor - Property Of Jesus

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

You Gotta Serve Somebody

One of my favorite song-writers is Bob Dylan. I really dig people who are able to look at the world around them and produce art that conveys to a broad audience the realities they observe. I think Dylan does it well. CLICK HERE to read more

Saturday, November 5, 2011

THE GOSPEL SONGS OF BOB DYLAN FEATURING THE 80 VOICE MELBOURNE MASS GOSPEL CHOIR


MEDIA RELEASE
THE GOSPEL SONGS OF BOB DYLAN
FEATURING THE 80 VOICE
MELBOURNE MASS
GOSPEL CHOIR


2 SHOWS ONLY
SAT 19th NOV @ 8PM AND SUN 20th NOV @ 3PM
CHURCH OF ALL NATIONS

180 Palmerston St, Carlton, corner Drummond St.

For the first time ever in Melbourne, Bob Dylan’s Gospel Songs will be performed by the 80 voice Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir with guest singers Suzannah Espie, Tracey Miller, Lisa Shergold, Timothy Slater and others. They’ll be backed by a crack band featuring some of Melbourne’s finest musicians James Black and Peter Luscombe from the Rockwiz Orchestra, Ross Hannaford (Daddy Cool), Steve Hadley and Damian Smith.

This is a unique opportunity to hear this truly amazing body of work featuring songs from Dylan’s 1979 album ‘SLOW TRAIN COMING’ and the follow up ‘SAVED’.

When first released, these powerful songs of conversion and salvation created a critical uproar and fan backlash reminiscent of the 60’s when Dylan went electric. Thirty years on, these songs are now rightfully acknowledged as amongst the best Gospel songs ever written. In 2003, America’s top gospel singers including Shirley Caesar, Rance Allen and Aaron Neville recorded a tribute album of these songs ‘Gotta Serve Somebody’, realizing Dylan’s original vision for how his compositions should sound.“After hearing the tribute album of Dylan’s gospel songs a few years ago I knew these incredible songs could be made into something quite special with the power of 80 voices combined with brilliant soloists and a top band” said Phil Heuzenroeder, Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir. Phil has written the original arrangements of the
songs for these shows.

Melbourne now gets a chance to hear these wonderful songs performed by Melbourne’s best communitybased gospel choir along with some of Melbourne’s finest singers and musicians. It’s a unique experience definitely not to be missed. To avoid disappointment book online now!

BOOKINGS : www.trybooking.com/VEE
$25 full/ $20 concession/ $15 children under 15 (under 5 free) Family ticket $65 (2 adults 2 child)At the door (if available) $30 full/ $25 concession
mmgc.net.au
youtube.com/melbmassgospelchoir

MEDIA ENQUIRIES
Phil Heuzenroeder: 0402 812 428 phil@mmgc.net.au
Ian Lovell: 0419 502 917 imlovell@bigpond.com Poster image attached. High Res images are available on request.

Friday, May 13, 2011

To my fans and followers

Allow me to clarify a couple of things about this so-called China controversy which has been going on for over a year. CLICK HERE to read more

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Religion: Bob Dylan protests in China, in his own way

Dylan veered into alternative lyrics for "Gonna Change My Way of Thinkin'," written for a duet with gospel star Mavis Staples. These lyrics added a clear reference to "end times" doctrines and the second coming of Jesus -- subjects Chinese authorities have tried to curb in sermons, music and religious education. CLICK HERE to read more

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Gonna Change My Way of Thinking

Gonna Change My Way of Thinking as performed in Beijing
(Alternate Version w/ original last verse)
as recorded by Bob Dylan & Mavis Staples on the compilation Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan (2003 Sony/Columbia) originally recorded on the album Slow Train Coming 1979. Words and music by Bob Dylan

Change my way of thinking, make myself a different set of rules
Change my way of thinking, make myself a different set of rules
Put my best foot forward, stop being influenced by fools

I’m sittin’ at the welcome table, I’m so hungry I could eat a horse
I’m sittin’ at the welcome table, I’m so hungry I could eat a horse
I’m gonna revitalize my thinking, I’m gonna let the law take it’s course

Jesus is calling, He’s coming back to gather up his jewels
Jesus is calling, He’s coming back to gather up his jewels
We living by the golden rule, whoever got the gold rules

The sun is shining, ain’t but one train on this track
The sun is shining, ain’t but one train on this track
I’m stepping out of the dark woods, I’m jumping on the monkey’s back

I’m all dressed up, I’m going to the county dance
I’m all dressed up, I’m going to the county dance
Every day you got to pray for guidance
Every day you got to give yourself a chance

Storms are on the ocean, storms on the mountain, too
Storms are on the ocean, storms on the mountain, too
Oh Lord, you know I have no friend like you

Change my way of thinking, make myself a different set of rules
Change my way of thinking, make myself a different set of rules
Put my best foot forward, stop being influenced by fools

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Bob Dylan Approximately: A Portrait of the Jewish Poet in Search of God : a Midrash

In a mean spirited rant Stephan Pickering Author of Bob Dylan Approximately: A Portrait of the Jewish Poet in Search of God : a Midrash calls Dylan a "pathetic crucifictionist." See comments posted below the article. CLICK HERE

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Done Crossed Over – Belated Notes on Holy Days and Dylan’s Conversion

Passover is my favorite Jewish Holiday. It’s neither high nor holy. Rather than on temple and authority, it centers on a meal with family. One tradition is always to have a non jewish guest at the table, where the food is good and the story better. Revolt from slavery, exodus, good guys and bad, vengeance, plagues. CLICK HERE to read more

Monday, March 29, 2010

Gonna Change My Way of Thinking MP3 Tokyo 3/28.

Kudos to Markus Prieur in Ireland. First performance of any version of the song outside the USA. Anyone else hear "Gonna put my best friend forward"? CLICK HERE to listen.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The hymns, they are a-changin' St. James Episcopal Church offers Mass featuring Bob Dylan songs

He's been a figure in popular music for five decades — and more than that, is "always one step ahead" of the curve.

So, the Rev. David Warner Peck said, he and others at downtown Lancaster's St. James Episcopal Church got to thinking, why not a service that features the music of Bob Dylan? CLICK HERE to read more

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Fact or Fiction? Woody Guthrie Christians?


Rare book sale reveals Woody Guthrie's deep spiritual faith. In this signed and annotated book, Woody Guthrie reveals his unknown love for Jesus Christ and his great belief in God. CLICK HERE to read more

Friday, December 25, 2009

Dylan the mysterious ‘true believer’

I will say that I see no reason, during the past decade or two, to believe that Dylan has stopped believing that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah. I see all kinds of reasons to believe that Dylan has stopped believing that Bob Dylan is the messiah, the great genius who defined a generation. I’ll leave it at that. I also know that lots of music journalists in their ’50s and ’60s still care about this issue. CLICK HERE to read more

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Bob Dylan Saves Christmas

Mr. Dylan has given the world a present. He and his band play these songs like they mean something. They sound like they are having so much fun, like Christmas came early for them this year. Dylan is not afraid to throw choruses in that sound just the way they might have sounded in the forties or fifties. His music is blending folk, blues, rock, pop, big band and country all in a great happy jumping celebration of Christmas and all its familiar symbols. CLICK HERE to read more

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Merry Christmas, signed: Bob Dylan

(It needs to be observed that Slow Train Coming was praised - sometimes years later - by many critics, even some who didn't resonate with Dylan's overt Christian lyrics on the album. And many songs from this phase of Dylan's career have been recorded by some of today's best known gospel artists - Shirley Caesar, Dottie Peoples, Aaron Neville, Helen Baylor, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Mavis Staples - on the 2003 album entitled Gotta Serve Someboddy: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan. This is a poweful, moving album of music! It's a testament to just how good these Dylan songs are; how well they hold up over time, and how well they translate when interpreted by other artists.) CLICK HERE to read more

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet Jeremiah, Nostradamus and Allen Ginsberg all Rolled Up Into One

Dylan’s wide-ranging knowledge and interest in the Bible is clear, and Rogovoy skillfully sketches original examples of how biblical curiosity and interpretative depth animate the songs. Yet, in focusing on what he conceives of as a Jewish lens for Dylan’s biblical influence and concerns, Rogovoy limits his review of the singer’s equally rich contemplation of the New Testament, which from his earliest days as a rebel folkie through the so-called “born again” period until today has been a source of poetic inspiration. CLICK HERE to read more

Monday, December 7, 2009

SLOW SLEIGH COMING [some thoughts on “Christmas In The Heart”]

Thirty years after recording “Slow Train Coming” in Alabama in May 1979, Bob Dylan went into a recording studio in California in May 2009, after ending his fine European tour in Dublin. CLICK HERE to read more.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Better Watch Out From Bing Crosby to Bob Dylan, holiday classics have a strange and powerful lure for pop stars.

How anybody could act like Scrooge about a rock or pop artist's Christmas album is beyond me. CLICK HERE to read more

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Gotta Serve Somebody - The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan's songs are nearly always the record of a struggle - between appearance and reality, or between justice and its opposite, or between the demands of the self and some higher truth. Nothing is taken for granted; one is always choosing. CLICK HERE to read more

Friday, November 27, 2009

Bob Dylan: Investigating the icon's 'Christmas In The Heart' album

Making an album of Christmas music would seem to be about as middle-of-the-road and as polite and inoffensive a project as a singer could have. So it would seem. CLICK HERE to read more

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Bob Dylan “Saved” By Ilford

Two years before Bob Dylan’s “Saved” was released Estabrook was attended a Dylan show in Fort Worth, Texas. He carried a Nikkormat ELW loaded with Ilford HP-5 film. The photograph was taken from that show, the amazing thing is the film was that he did not developed until recentlyTwo years before Bob Dylan’s “Saved” was released Estabrook was attended a Dylan show in Fort Worth, Texas. He carried a Nikkormat ELW loaded with Ilford HP-5 film. The photograph was taken from that show, the amazing thing is the film was that he did not developed until recently. CLICK HERE to read more

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Patty Griffin readies gospel CD

Griffin said in a statement that she was inspired to write the original material after listening to Bob Dylan's religious work. CLICK HERE to read more

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

SNS – Exclusive Bob Dylan Interview

Christmas In The Heart is another surprising move by an artist famous for surprises. Yet when you hear Dylan’s direct and obviously sincere readings of “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Little Town Of Bethlehem,” and “The First Noel,” this unlikely exercise seems of a piece with the rest of Dylan’s work. CLICK HERE to read more

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Author writes about overlap between Torah of Dylan and Torah of Moses

Is Dylan a born-again Christian? Rogovoy hears that question frequently. His stock reply: Who knows?

“In any case, it’s beside the point,” Rogovoy says. Although famously private about his private life, Dylan has issued enough on-the-record comments “to support any viewpoint—he’s Jewish, he’s Rastafarian, he doesn’t believe in any religion,” Rogovoy states. Maybe Dylan finds his deity in music, his religion in his songs, Rogovoy speculates. That formulation should serve any Dylan listener well. CLICK HERE to read more

Friday, November 20, 2009

Extra, Extra, Read All About It!--Dylan's Recent Seattle Surprise

Between this and the new Christmas album, is it possible to conceive that Mr. Dylan's experience with Jesus, some three decades ago, wasn't a passing fad? Or a fluke or something he discarded like the black leather jacket he wore during those head-scratching tours? CLICK HERE to read more

Monday, November 16, 2009

Change my way of thinking

They are the modified lyrics from the Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan you can hear them as the last song on the following link. But they need some interpretation. What is the Welcome Table that is referred to? What is this thing about jumping on a Monkey's back? After reflecting on the lyrics I am ready to offer an interpretation. CLICK HERE to read more

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Christmas in the Heart? Bob Dylan’s Holiday Album Begs the Question: What Does the Singer Believe?

Does he, as Billboard's Prince suggests, merely join a long list of Jewish artists who paid tribute to Christ's birth as non-believers in Him or does he present it as a believer who has maintained his belief three decades after that much publicized 1978 conversion? CLICK HERE to read more

Friday, October 23, 2009

Dylan's Early Christmas Present by Sean Wilentz

The album is a sincere, raspy-voiced homage to a particular vintage of popular American Christmas music, as well as testimony to Dylan’s abiding spiritual faith. CLICK HERE to read more

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ralph Stanley: “I Am the Man, Thomas”

The best known performances of “I Am the Man, Thomas” in the last decade have been by Bob Dylan. He has never recorded the song for official release but in little more than three years, he performed it live at least 59 times, first on September 4, 1999 in Atlanta. “I Am the Man, Thomas” fits perfectly with the musical approach taken by Dylan since the early nineties. CLICK HERE to read more

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Bob Dylan, "Christmas in the Heart" (Columbia) [NO STARS] By Jim DeRogatis

Unfortunately, when it comes to the music, the album is a complete failure. CLICK HERE to read more!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Bob Dylan’s Awesome Christmas Album Leaks

The Verdict: Just as we suspected, it's pretty excellent. CLICK HERE to read more

Christmas in the Heart: The Jewish Angle

So whatever you say about CITH, however you explain how Bob is an American ethno-musicologist participating in the very genre he studies, adding subtle twists and nuances to rejuvenate tired war horses, I still don't like it at all. I hope someone does. I don't want to hear it in stores each December for the rest of my life.

Too bad Bob didn't do a Festivus album instead. CLICK HERE to read more

Monday, October 5, 2009

Live Setlist, Tour Opener, October 4, Moore Theatre

1. Gonna Change My Way of Thinking
2. Shooting Star (Bob center stage with harp)
CLICK HERE to read more

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Marie Knight dies at 84; gospel vocalist sang with Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Marie Knight, a gospel singer who came to fame singing duets with gospel-music star Sister Rosetta Tharpe in the late 1940s and made a noteworthy late-in-life comeback as a solo artist, has died. She was 84. CLICK HERE to read more

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Barry Beckett, Muscle Shoals Musician, Dies at 66

Barry Beckett, an Alabama-born keyboardist who helped create the distinctly Southern amalgamation of rhythm and blues, soul and country that became known as the Muscle Shoals sound, and who as a producer recorded a wide range of music with Bob Dylan, Kenny Chesney, Bob Seger, Dire Straits and others, died on Wednesday at his home in Hendersonville, Tenn., north of Nashville. He was 66. CLICK HERE to read more

Friday, June 12, 2009

Swamper Barry Beckett dies at 66

Beckett co-produced Bob Dylan’s first platinum album, “Slow Train Coming,” along with the late Jerry Wexler at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios at 1000 Alabama Ave. in Sheffield. CLICK HERE to read more

Sunday, June 7, 2009

America's folkie guru has always been a spiritualist

American music's most eccentric hero turns out to be an enduring spiritual realist for unreal times.

From the start, Bob Dylan has been called a troubadour trickster, gypsy prophet, folkie guru, "voice of his generation" (he hated that one). He wrote about war, heartbreak, life's answers blowing in the wind. He warned that "he not busy being born is busy dying." Thirty years ago this summer, he confounded everyone again, releasing a born-again Christian record. People have puzzled over Dylan's religion ever since. CLICK HERE to read more

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Using the Bible as a Key to Unlock the Meaning of Bob Dylan's "Jokerman"

The enigmatical nature of Bob Dylan’s song "Jokerman" makes it subject to many wildly different interpretations. It has been argued that the Jokerman represents Christ, an antichrist, Israel, and Bob Dylan himself. In the light of such varied readings, it may seem ludicrous to attempt to pin down the symbolic nature of the Jokerman. CLICK HERE to read more

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Forgiving son's killer brings Regina McCrary Peace

It was the cross tattooed on her son's arm, sticking out from under the white sheet, that started the pain Regina McCrary can only describe as insanity. CLICK HERE to read more

Friday, April 10, 2009

“Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground” - Blind Willie Johnson

There could be no more appropriate song for Good Friday, and I might call this the most beautiful song I’ve ever heard. CLICK HERE to read more

Monday, April 6, 2009

Three gospel songs in Saarbr├╝cken tonight (Palm Sunday)

In Saarbr├╝cken, Germany, this very night, Bob Dylan included three tunes from what’s commonly known as his gospel period in the set list. He kicked off the show with Gotta Serve Somebody, did Every Grain Of Sand as the fourth song, and I Believe In You as tune number twelve. It seems to me that it probably hasn’t been since sometime in the 1980s that he included three songs from those gospel albums in one set list, although I could certainly be wrong. At any rate, it’s got to be an extremely rare occurrence in any post-gospel-era gig. CLICK HERE to read more