Michael Moore Covers Bob Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are A Changin’ For 'Occupy This Album'
I got a little present from Michael Moore, he sent the song he recorded for the soon-to-be-released ‘Occupy This Album’, the compilation of 99 songs featuring, among many other artists ,David Crosby, Graham Nash, Steve Earle, Tom Morello, Willie Nelson, Ani DiFranco, Patti Smith, Thievery Corporation, Yoko Ono, Toots And The Maytals, Third Eye Blind, Immortal Technique, Jackson Browne,…
Think what you want about Moore, but he is a daring individual, as he was asked if he would like to record a poem or maybe make a music video of some of the songs, and he said, ‘I could just sing a song’. People laughed but he ended up recording Bob Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are A Changin’ with Bob’s approval.
Helped by lots of musicians, Tom Chapin on guitar and harmonica, David Amram on piano and penny whistle, Dave Dreiwitz on upright bass, and Kevin Twigg on drums, as well as a choral vocals, Moore is doing a great job considering he is not a singer. His voice is relatively low and contained, but remarkably expressive and should I say that his tone seems unassuming, sincere, and even comical at times? South Park style, if I dare the comparison.
‘And thank you, Bob Dylan, for your contribution, and for approving this, my debut’ writes Michael Moore at the end of the email! But he seems to be fully aware he will never equal Dylan’s nasal onsets, he doesn't even try to imitate the master for a second. In the middle of the song, there is a live recording of an angry Moore screaming to the Occupy crowd: ‘With all the billions they had accumulated,… they have to have more,… they are out of control,… we are here,… to conduct an intervention.’
The compilation is out May 15, and all proceeds from the sales will go to the Occupy movement, ‘towards the needs of sustaining this growing movement.’