Sunday, April 10, 2005
Ramblin' Jack Elliot Sang to Me!
Ramblin' Jack Elliot
Yes, yes, there he his. I spoke to him. I was F-reaking out nervous. He was awesome as all get out.
He told stories about Bob Dylan, and he'd do Dylan's voice...it was hi-larious!
He said he was trapped in a cabin in Pennsylvania during a snow storm. He had a Bob Dylan record and a bottle of Cutty Sark. Him and his friend sat around naming off the sails on the Cutty Sark label. He learned a Bob Dylan song in those two days. He only had that one record to listen too. He said it normally takes 6 months to learn a song, but he listened to it so much that weekend, he learned it by the time the snow melted off a bit. He said he made his way up to New York City to the Monday night open mike he used to go to. Mississippi John Hurt was playing that week, but it was his night off and they were doing the open mike as usual. He decided he would get up and sing the Bob Dylan song. He sang it for us last night.
Then, he's telling us, how the author of the song stands up in the crowd. He's there, "light shining through his halo". And Dylan says to the man playing the guitar, singing his own song, "eye releeeenkquash it to yah Jik." And Ramblin' Jack Elliot says it just like that, "eye releeenkquash it to yah Jik." And, Jack is kind enough to translate what Mr. Dylan is saying ("I relinquish it too you Jack"), and Jack is honored. He says, "I never had nothing relinquished to me before."
Great show. He told me to have a safe drive back to Virgina and he gave me a wink. Awesome!
Basement of Bardovan Opera House.
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