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Flashback Friday – Bob Dylan Playing at the Newport Folk Festival 50 Years Ago

We (Rhode Islanders) often forget how special where we live really is. We have world renowned beaches, pretty ideal weather (if you like 4 full seasons), and views that are meant for postcards. It is also easy to forget the history Rhode Island has. We have been around since the inception of America, and with that comes a lot of great memories. Here is a flashback to 1964 when the great Bob Dylan graced the stages at the annual Newport Folk Festival.

-Matt

PS- Mr. Tambourine Man is my favorite Bob Dylan song.

Monster Blog Wednesday: Favorite Cover Songs

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Music is the essence of life. I think Bill Paxton said that, and quite frankly we agree with everything that man/God has to say. While it’s cool to see artists create original music, everybody loves a good cover song, and we’re no different. Sometimes the cover version of a song evenĀ ends up being better than the original. Here are our personal favorites.

In My Life – Dave Matthews Originally by The Beatles


Pretty much the most amazing cover of any song I have ever heard. The video on YouTube has 172,000 views and i’m pretty sure I account for at least 130,000 of those views. This is one of those songs that takes you to the brink of depression one moment and the next fills you with jubilation. (Jubilation is my word of the day). To say Dave kills this song would be an understatement. I can bet there wasn’t a dry eye in the house after he was done making sweet love to his guitar.

-Matt

All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix Originally by Bob Dylan

Nobody played the guitar like Jimi Hendrix, and nobody could cover a song like him either. The greatness of this song can be summed up like this: when you think of All Along the Watchtower, you think of Jimi Hendrix. Legend has it Bob Dylan himself has admitted that it’s Jimi’s song now, even if it’s Dylan’s lyrics and creation. The only sad part of this song, and every other Jimi Hendrix song, is that it reminds me how great he could have continued to be.

– Ryan

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