Playing Dylan’s songs empowers you. It bolsters you to say what your spirit needs to say. Even though Dylan has been completely deified, he’s taken all the spiritual journeys we plebeians go through. In his search you can see the patterns of humanity.
–> Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Suzanne Crow (born February 11, 1962) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and actress. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock, country, jazz, and blues.
I’ve been criticised for not putting my best songs on certain albums but it is because I consider that the song isn’t ready yet. It’s not been recorded right. With all of my records, there’s an abundance of material left off – stuff that, for a variety of reasons, doesn’t make the final cut. ..Except on this album, for which we re-cut the song ‘Mississippi.’ We had that on the “Time Out Of Mind” album. It wasn’t recorded very well but thank God, it never got out, so we recorded it again. But something like that would never have happen ten years ago. You’d have probably all heard the lousy version of it and I’d have never re-recorded it. I’m glad for once to have had the opportunity to do so.
~Bob Dylan (Press Conference (French coverage) De la Ville Inter-Continental Roma Hotel, Rome, Italy – 23 July 2001 )
“Mississippi” is the second song on Bob Dylan’s 2001 album Love and Theft. The song was originally recorded during the Time Out of Mind sessions in January 1997, but was ultimately left off the album; Dylan rerecorded the song for Love and Theft in May 2001.
Jackson County Fairgrounds
Central Point, Oregon
9 October 2001
Every step of the way
We walk the line
Your days are numbered
So are mine
I don’t even consider this work as part of my life. Not even close. My life doesn’t revolve around my work. Not even a little bit. I mean, I’ve got millions of fans and I know that and I’m more than happy to go out there and play for them… But that’s not my life. My life is private and personal and completely filled up.
-Bob Dylan (Rome Press Conference, July 23, 2001)
Facts from Wikipedia:
February 25, 2001
November 24, 2001
No. of shows
13 in Asia
9 in Oceania
62 in North America
22 in Europe
106 in Total
13 July 2001
Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
Charlie Sexton (guitar)
Larry Campbell (guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
Tony Garnier (bass)
David Kemper (drums & percussion)
Things Have Changed
A worried man with a worried mind
No one in front of me and nothing behind
There’s a woman on my lap and she’s drinking champagne