I thought it was an epiphany. For me they were two disparate entities: Bob Dylan’s ‘Blowin in the Wind’ and Sam Cooke’s ‘Shake.’

Last night at Amazing Things Open Mic, host Dan Cloutier had his annual ‘Bob Dylan Birthday Bash’ http://amazingthings.org/event/folk-open-mic-125/ where each ‘Hooligan’ performs a Dylan song. I was planning on listening as the only song I know by heart is ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ and prep for my CD release party is in full swing.

Yesterday afternoon I was practicing our encore number by Sam Cooke when suddenly it hit – my epiphany – put ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ to the feel of ‘Shake’. Here’s the result: https://youtu.be/1iuMrS6PDYA

In prep for this blog entry this morning I searched Sam Cooke and Bob Dylan. I still don’t know if they met in person but they certainly met in spirit. http://gaslightrecords.com/reviews/tracks/sam-cooke-a-change-is-gonna-come The story goes that Sam Cooke heard ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ and was inspired to write his ‘A Change is Gonna Come,’ which Dylan, in turn, quoted in his autobiography.

What totally blew me away, though, was that Sam Cooke did his own version of Dylan’s ‘Blowin in the Wind’. On the coattails of the masters… https://www.google.com/search?q=sam+cooke+blowin+in+the+wind&oq=sam+cooke+blowin+&aqs=chrome.0.0j69i57j0l3.4443j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8