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Something Wonderful: The Starbugs – Mr Tambourine Man

Turn up the speakers, dance around the room, improve your politics-blighted week. This is the first version I’ve heard that I like better than the original. Even though lots of folks have covered it, this one will blow your aging mind if you’ve a mind left to be blown. Especially when they really turn it on.

And… that’s it for me for today. I’m going out to get a life. You get one too.

FOREVER YOUNG: The Starbugs, clockwise from left, Jessie Hilell, Ben Anderson, Sarah Whitaker, Roisin Anderson, Rebecca Jenkins,

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  • mizbish December 12, 2019, 3:56 PM

    That was a total delight!!! Thank you.

  • Patvann December 12, 2019, 4:11 PM

    Loud…Then louder. Wonderfulness added. Then louder again.

  • Chris December 12, 2019, 4:50 PM

    They sing now, not realizing what we’ve all left for them down the road.
    Poor little fuckers…..

  • Casey Klahn December 12, 2019, 5:02 PM

    Talent in youth is one of my favorite things. Brings to mind The Byrds’ version.

    By a happening of serendipity, the children led me to listen to Mozambique by Dylan.

    Have great weekend!

  • Geoff C. The Saltine December 12, 2019, 5:52 PM

    I never knew that Dylan was a 8 year old girl singing.
    What a treat.
    The kids are our future, just like we were.
    Things are going to be OK.

  • Roy Lofquist December 12, 2019, 7:59 PM

    I’ve been waiting half a century for that. I am fulfilled.

  • Lynne December 12, 2019, 8:07 PM

    I find the most wonderful things here, Gerard. Thank you!

  • Jeff Brokaw December 12, 2019, 8:13 PM

    Those vocals are incredible! They were having fun with it too, especially Jessie the lead singer whose voice is so rich and pure.

    Definitely sending this to family and friends. Young kids in 2019 paying homage to classic rock songs from the mid-60s — and absolutely owning it!

  • JI December 12, 2019, 10:42 PM

    What year is this from?

  • MarkInKansas December 13, 2019, 12:25 AM

    Here’s the lead singer singing Ave Maria for the “New Zealand’s Got Talent” show.

    https://youtu.be/S7X5L4TqYcw

    What a voice!

  • ghostsniper December 13, 2019, 4:13 AM

    Her name is Jessie Hillel and she is Indian, from New Zealand.
    In the above video she was about 8-10 and is about 17-18 now, and seems to be gaining some success.

  • Larry Geiger December 13, 2019, 4:59 AM

    Well at least they can sing. Dylan can’t.

  • John Venlet December 13, 2019, 5:06 AM

    A pure melodic treat. Thank you.

  • Phil in Englewood December 13, 2019, 6:15 AM

    The very best thing about Bob Dylan is that he wrote great songs to be sung by other people.

  • Kevin Dickson December 13, 2019, 6:56 AM

    After weeks of being exposed to Greta’s self righteous indignation…..it was nice to see children enjoying their world…….childlike. Thanks…it made my day.

  • Skorpion December 13, 2019, 12:11 PM

    You do realize that Dylan wrote this song about his *dealer*, don’cha?

  • Callmelennie December 13, 2019, 1:39 PM

    What octave was little blondie, Rebecca Jenkins singing in — Childo Soprano? It was angelic; just the most beautiful thing I ever heard

  • mharko December 13, 2019, 5:58 PM

    naysayers, thanks for the obligatory buzzkill. Whose service you in? ‘His dealer, he can’t sing’ etc. Where do you get off? Are we there yet?

  • ghostsniper December 13, 2019, 6:14 PM

    While there has been speculation that the song is about drugs, particularly with lines such as “take me on a trip upon your magic swirling ship” and “the smoke rings of my mind”, Dylan has denied the song is about drugs. Though he was smoking marijuana at the time the song was written, Dylan was not introduced to LSD until a few months later.

    In August 1964 the Beatles were sitting in their limo waiting for Brian to return when out of nowhere Bob Dylan jumped in and fired up a doob. They all gawked with dinner plate orbs at Dylan as he pulled a huge draw then bent over holding his nose and heaving to keep from coughing. He leaned back in the seat and blew out a pacific cloud across the ceiling and handed it to George who eagerly took it while giggling. Dylan said, “The problem with you guys is that you just don’t smoke enough dope.”

  • Montjoy December 13, 2019, 6:40 PM

    Unrestricted joy.
    Thank you GVDL for posting.

  • Sarah Rolph December 14, 2019, 11:56 AM

    Thank you so much, Gerard. Will be sharing this everywhere and just bought the album.
    I hope Bob has seen this!