Monday, June 18, 2018

Dylan Cover #329 Daven Atma "Jokerman" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is live a cover by Daven Atma playing "Jokerman"

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
The kick-start to his "back to rock and roll" album Infidels, "Jokerman" is a monster. A torrent of images, symbols, thoughts, proclamations, fears and fables; it feels like a dam was broken in Dylan's brain and all of these things just poured out. Musically it moves along but doesn't add much to the towering wordplay as the tune is dominated by the lyrics which seem almost never ending; Dylan has penned wordier tunes, but few feel as heavy as this. Flawed, but reaching for something, it is a not an all-time great Dylan song, but it is one that lets us peak into his brain a bit. For more on this tune, check out this post.
Cover:

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE have not heard of Daven Atma before. He is a singer-songwriter from Chilliwack British Columbia Canada. More info and videos available on his Facebook page.

Thoughts on Cover:
An unique take on this song. In the original there is a fiery sense of urgency as if Dylan's brain will explode if he doesn't get all  the words out. Daven goes laid back...and it works. There is more of a light airy take on the flood of words and optimistic as opposed to fatalistic vibe. A cool breezy cover tune on this steaming hot Monday in June.  

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