Monday, October 6, 2008

Dylan Covers: You Ain't Goin' Nowhere

Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova: You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere


I know it’s way too easy to pick a song off the I’m Not There Soundtrack – but this one is worth the simplicity. You all know Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova, their love affair, their movie, and their various awards. But if for some reason you don’t, I’ll enlighten you.

Glen Hansard is an Irish singer/songwriter and frontman of the Irish rock group The Frames. In 2006, he teamed up with a classically-trained, Czech multi-instrumentalist Marketa Irglova to make the music-inspired indie film Once. It follows the paths of two struggling musicians that fall in love while making music together in Dublin. The film – which is a must-see for any fan of good music – won the World Cinema Audience Award at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. The duo’s song Falling Slowly won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2007. As fate would have it, the two began dating while filming the movie. Together, they are known as The Swell Season and put out a self-titled album following the release of the movie.

You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere appeared first on Dylan's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 in 1971. For some reason this song always inspires visions of folks sittin’ around in a picking circle playing the most appropriate tune to fit the mood – one of pure jubilation. No matter who’s doing the song, that feeling emanates through thanks to the power of Dylan's words.

"Whoo-ee, ride me high
Tomorrow's the day
My bride's gonna come
Oh, ho, are we gonna fly
Down in the easy chair."

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