Day 5 – A Song that Reminds You of Someone: "Goin' to Acapulco"

Bob Dylan and the Band – “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.

Dylan and the Band - The Basement Tapes

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!)


About russellwriter

Rob Russell is a dad, husband, writer, musician, educator, comic book reader, bad solderer, pop culture junky, trivia buff and student of everything cool and uncool. His favorite records are Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and, currently, The Best of Bobbie Gentry: The Capitol Years. His favorite comic books are Kurt Busiek's Astro City and Neil Gaiman's Sandman. His favorite literary novels are Gabrial Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude and William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. His favorite genre novels are John Scalzi's Red Shirts, M.R. Carrey's The Girl with All the Gifts, and Dan Simmons' Drood. His favorite movie is Goodfellas. His favorite hobby, besides everything, is writing about himself and his favorite things in the third person.

Posted on April 16, 2011, in 30 Songs, Pop Culture, Rock and Roll and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Rob, I’m truly touched. You make me want to be the man you think I am…. I hope it’s not too late. Thanks! Keep away from pranks!
    Dylan & The Band version:

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