Song of the day is a daily feature highlighting a specific track that might be badass, catchy, mellow, or poppy. As long as it stands out for some reason it’s fair game.
Bob Dylan – “Shelter From The Storm”
“Shelter From The Storm” appears on Dylan’s 1975 album Blood On The Tracks which he recorded after a bitter divorce. It’s a quiet, mostly acoustic album but the lyrics are cold. Dylan is definitely someone to avoid pissing off, and the songs on Blood On The Tracks are as mean as he gets. “Shelter From The Storm” is about (well, “might” be about, you never know with this guy) how Dylan first met his wife. The first version below isn’t the well known, acoustic recording. It’s from the 1975 “Rolling Thunder Revue” Tour that he wore whiteface on. This isn’t “Blowin’ In The Wind” Bob Dylan, it’s more jaded, angry, and scary.
Titus Andronicus – “A More Perfect Union”
While we’re talking about light-hearted music I thought I’d throw in this one by New Jersey
nerds punks Titus Andronicus. It’s from 2010’s The Monitor, a concept album about the Civil War (best. idea. ever.). After the bizarre intro, where Craig Finn reads an Abraham Lincoln quote, the crunchy guitar riff takes over and you have to hold on tight. Air Guitar was invented for songs like this.