Gar Francis – “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35”

Bob Dylan, if you have not heard of this namesake before, then as of right now, you have, because Bob Dylan wrote and recorded a single way back when, and in 1966 that said single and song titled “Rainy Day Women ♯12 & 35”, was released. It reached high numbers on the charts, Number 7 in the U.K. and number 2 out in the U.S. Funny thing is, is that the song’s title does not appear anywhere in the lyrics, plus there has been a debate over the meaning of the reoccurring chorus line of “Everybody must get stoned” having some say it is “a drug song”. Be that as it may, however you want to listen to it. That same song has its way into the hands of Gar Francis. His love for music came to him as a child, making rounds on visiting family, listening to tunes with his dad, really drew him in, having him want to go forth and create his own tunes.

Now years later, he has gone on to take that Bob Dylan classic, “Rainy Day Women ♯12 & 35”, and do his own version of it. He not only did his own version but he recorded all of the tracks himself. Playing the piano, fuzz bass, guitar, harmonica, and vocals! Gar Francis is a mad man, but he sure knows his music and he does it right with this cover rendition of it. The track just like the original version, captures a pure essence, of uniqueness and style, Gar takes what he does best, and creates something that is his own work, which it is. It may be the same song we have heard before, but this time around, he just makes this song sound for a modern day type of image and feel.

It maintains that same flare and energy, capturing an upbeat tone, that keeps the music high and flowing. It really has you wanting to dance to the beat, if not at least tapping your feet to the beats pulsing outward. When it comes down to it, this classic track, is still a fun good time tune, and keeps in the classical class that is both Bob Dylan and that is Gar Francis, because each man had their own way with this tune, that makes it enjoyable from the past generations, to the present time generations, no matter which way you hear it, it remains a classic to this very day, that can be enjoyed by all.

By: Natalie Perez –