Today's Song You Should Know: 'Make You Feel My Love' By Garth Brooks

Post by: Rick Ellis 24 May, 2021

Today is Bob Dylan's birthday and there are hundreds of cover versions of his music I could have chosen to highlight. But I chose Garth Brook's version of "Make You Feel My Love" because it means something to me personally.

The song was written by Dylan for his 1997 album "Time Out Of Mind." Billy Joel released a version of it as a single off of his "Greatest Hits II" album even before Dylan's version had been released.

The most commercially successful version of the song (which has been covered by everyone from Adele to Bryan Ferry) was the one from Brooks, which was originally included on the soundtrack for the 1998 movie "Hope Floats." That track became a #1 country hit and went to #8 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart. Brooks also received a Grammy nomination for Best Male Country Performance and Dylan also received a Grammy nod for Best Country Song.

Aside from the fact that this is a wonderfully sparse and emotional take of the song, it has a lot of meaning for me. The first weekend that I spent with the woman who I am still married to, the power briefly went off in her New Jersey high rise. So we cuddled on the couch, talking and listening to the "Hope Floats" soundtrack. It's impossible for me to hear the song without thinking about her and about all of the wonderful years we've spent together.

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