All decked out in pink last night, downstairs at the Maj, rock and jazz divas Monique DiMattina and Rebecca Barnard let loose their brilliant Dylan interpretive show for the Fringe. In pink because they kicked off the performance with not a Dylan song but Bob Dylan Blues – written by a founding member of Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett.
From there they traversed a selection of the Dylan songbook, his breakup and love songs – probably the greatest put down song of all time Positively Fourth Street led the charge as we were taken on an enthralling journey through Tangled Up in Blue, Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right, Buckets of Rain, All I Really Want to Do, Boots of Spanish Leather and more.
A haunting version of Long Black Coat, followed by another non- Dylan song (although he covered it on Shadows in the Night) the Matt Dennis, Tom Adair jazz classic The Night We Called It a Day led us to Like a Rolling Stone and the end of what was an outstanding show.
The duo gave a completely fresh feel to the harmonies and lyrics of arguably the greatest song writer of all, changing tempo and beat – much the same way Bob is inclined to do in his live shows – adding nuance and shade to his words, a wonderful soulful and soul filled exposition and tribute. You have to get along and see this.