When we find a Dylan song that has not had any music added, we put it on Untold and invite readers to submit their own musical performance of the song. It is then listed on our index of songs, and immortality is granted to the performer / composer.
Recently we had another discovery – Tioga Pass – you can read all about it here. And now we’ve had our first submission of the music to complete the song. It is from Jeff Kosoff. Below I reproduce Jeff’s email to me, and below that is the track he has created.
You will also find details of the other articles in this series below – complete with the music created in each case.
My name is Jeff Kosoff. I’m a painter/writer/musician of no repute whatsoever who has enjoyed reading many thoughtful, provocative posts by you and your stable of contributors.
I am not one to be compelled to enter contests, or even share amongst friends, the vast majority of what I like to call “my work”. I’m not sure why I’ve responded to your clarion call regarding “new music for existing lyrics”, but I did–as demonstrated in my very one-off take, recorded without looking back on a recent stiflingly hot Sunday morning in bucolic Bucks County, PA.
When I saw that no one had yet to respond, I thought, “Maybe the good folks at Untold Dylan will appreciate this loose commitment to quality and at least be mildly entertained.” I love the story of how Dylan came to possess these lyrics. Who doesn’t appreciate a good canard? Anyway, I have a deep appreciation for the unconventional voices, whose influence is evident in what might be described as my singing.
Thank you and all the writers/contributors of Untold Dylan. I think reviewing the songs in the date order they were written truly does provide clarity as to the bard’s state-o-mind. Well worth reading! Looking forward to the forthcoming book.Keep doing great things!
To your continuing success (and dancing)–Cheers,
Needle's on empty and here I'm stuck Four in the morning and just my luck Listen to the radio waiting for the sun Can't flag a ride until daylight comes Four in the morning and out of gas Mile and a half from Tioga Pass Tuned to a station I've never heard while moonlight glimmers on Dead Man's Curve Glory in the morning and God bless you for playing that song when another would do Four in the morning and out of gas Mile and a half from Tioga Pass Ain't quite rock although it moves It sure ain't country and it's not the blues They don't say nothing when it gets to the end Just keep playing it over again Four in the morning and out of gas Mile and a half from Tioga Pass It isn't pop and it isn't soul Nothing like fifties rock and roll It isn't folk Not especially jazz Got something special nothing else has Four in the morning and out of gas Mile and a half from Tioga Pass The sun comes up about six o'clock The station drifts to some pre-fab rock Although they played it all night long I never did learn the name of that song
We are still waiting for some music for Bowling Alley Blues
Here are some other songs from this series.
- Don’t let anyone write your story – original renditions
- Don’t let anyone write your story, Rob Beretta
- Don’t let anyone write your story, Paul Robert Thomas
- Don’t let anyone write your story, fourth edition
- Listen Robert Moses: Chris Sheriden
- Song to Bonny Paul Robert Thomas
- Don’t Let Anyone write your story: Claudio Diarni
- Dope Fiend Robber Nick Juno.
- Untold Dylan Showcase: the publisher’s turn
If you want to have a go at writing the music to any of these songs, please do make a recording and email it to Tony@schools.co.uk