Bob Dylan is in town next weekend for a show at Starlight, the same night as Bettye Lavette performs at the Folly Theatre. LaVette is touring off "Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook." Dylan is touring off his whole career.
Anyone who has seen Dylan live over the past 10 years or so knows what he can do to his own songs: turn them into something strange and completely different, if not even unrecognizable at times. Which prompts a question we've considered here at least once but which came up recently regarding Rush and it's propensity to deliver its songs close to the way they were recorded.
The question: How do you like your live music served. Should your bands stick closely to the album versions? Or do they have license to reconstruct them or change them profoundly? Or is there a middle ground, like what McCartney did with "I've Just Seen A Face" or part of "Something?"
The flip side: When an artist re-interprets famous songs, like LaVette is doing, should they bother re-recording them the way they were originally recorded or should they alter them dramatically?
Let us know. You might get your name in the paper.