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
“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.



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