A million faces at my feet but all I see are dark eyes. - "Dark Eyes" by Bob Dylan
I'm not a great fan of Dylan's duets with other people; I don't think his voice lends itself to it. And since he tends to regularly change phrasing, timing and emphasis on any particular song, it must be near-impossible to stay with him.
Having said all that, here's today's Dylan video of the week, a duet from 1995 with another great artist who has always walked her own path, Patti Smith. It's a song of survival, by two survivors, and never fails to move me, as rough a reading as this version is.
In 1994, Smith was nearly broke, her husband Fred Smith and her brother Todd both dead, and she was trying to decide whether to go onstage again after a 16-year-hiatus. Although Dylan seldom tours in the winter season - a time he usually sets aside to recharge his batteries on his Minnesota farm - he started prodding Patti to come with him on a 10-date joint tour in the winter of 1995 - the so-called Paradise Lost tour.
According to Clinton Heylin's Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades, Dylan told Smith,
I'm experimenting with a new blogging tool, Clipmarks, which automates a lot of the "clip excerpt to your blog with attribution link" Here's a clip below of Patti Smith on Bob Dylan.