Day 5 – A Song that Reminds You of Someone: "Goin' to Acapulco"
One of the greatest joys in my life has been having Robert Alfonso as a friend and musical mentor, and this song, which I first heard sung by him, is my choice for Day 5. Whenever I hear this song, no matter who sings it, I think of him.
It feels like a road song, a traveling song. It has dust on its boots. It’s both world-weary and devil-may-care, roguish and charming … like Robert. He’s the man. You can hear (and buy) his music here, if you are curious — and you should be.
(This is a live version of “Acapulco” by Calexico – very nice – but the Dylan and the Band version from ‘The Basement Tapes’ is the one you need to hear!)