Bob Dylan has a long list of love ballads, but only a few that are warm and tender – the kind that, in the wrong hands, can turn a little too sweet and saccharine. One of these is “Make You Feel My Love,” from Dylan’s 1997 album, Time Out of Mind. Shara Worden, aka My Brightest Diamond, recently released a simple arrangement of “Make You Feel My Love” as a present to her fans.
Dylan’s version featured acoustic piano with his gruff voice providing just enough grit to keep the song from wandering too far down a sentimental lane. My Brightest Diamond flips that approach. Her voice is sweet and pure, but the lone accompaniment is a reverb-soaked electric guitar with noticeable distortion dialed in. It’s the balance of smooth and rough, coarse and fine, that makes both versions of this song beautiful and sincere.
Find out what else My Brightest Diamond is up to at her website.