Sunday, April 5, 2009

Just Vegging Out on a Sunday Evening . . . .

Watching my favorite non-Bob Dylan version of the song, "Times They Are A-Changin'." I recently downloaded Tracy Chapman's version from iTunes and find myself playing it over and over again.

I've seen Tracy Chapman twice in concert, the first time being in 2000 (at San Diego State University) and the second time being in 2003 (at Wolftrap Center for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia). She's an extraordinary live performer. When I saw her, she was was backed by a kick-ass band that gave her performances a jam-session vibe and allowed her to literally rock out. This might sound surprising to those who have only seen her live performances from the '80s, during which time she was, I've been told, a more subdued performer.

Unfortunately for her U.S. fans, she's spending summer and fall 2009 touring throughout Europe. I don't believe any U.S. tour dates have been announced for this year.

FYI: her most recent album, Our Bright Future, released in late 2008, is very good, and I love the single "Sing for You." New Beginning, though, still remains my favorite Tracy Chapman album.

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