Friday, July 26, 2013

Springsteen performing "Blowin' In The Wind"

I've noticed that we've been a little off-center here at Legends of Springsteen.  In the past month, we've spotlighted various movies, reviewed books, highlighted multiple comedy acts based around Springsteen, and even have discussed children's television.  So, today, let's go back to basics with a classic Bruce performance.

While, in the past we've spotlighted Dylan covering Springsteen, here we have Bruce taking on the Bob Dylan classic "Blowin' In The Wind" (which I unfortunately could not find video for).  Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind" has been covered by hundreds of artists that it is a cliché at this point.  However, given the powerful message of the song, you knew the Boss had to have a version of it out there somewhere.  His performance is solid but offers no surprises - it is textbook Springsteen through-and-through: the "hows" are growled out, his voice getting sadder and angrier with each chorus, and culminating in an audience sing-along.  Even without the video, you can see him shutting his eyes and shaking his head during the guitar bridges between the verses.  Again, it is difficult cover to judge given the history of the song (and the history of Bruce's great cover songs), but it is definitely worth a couple listens for any Springsteen or Dylan fan.

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