Nobel Prize Laureate, Bob Dylan originally recorded this country piece in 1980. In 2003, Jeffery Gaskill produced a Tribute Album of all Bob’s Gospel songs, consisting of covers of his pieces vocalised by gospel greats like Shirley Caesar, the Late Rance Allen, as well as Helen Baylor with this rendition of ‘What Can I Do For You’.
Helen Baylor flips this piece on its head to reggae with a touch of jazz on D Flat. Baylor’s vocals are strong, robust and delicious, accompanied by crisp and soothing back ups. The instrumental, which is a mixer of synthesizers, the lead and bass guitars, as well as drums is so yummy, I could almost taste Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman, No Cry’. Enjoying this song is like eating strong meat with the greats, and my favourite lines are ‘You have explained every mystery; what can I do for you’. The song also contains some proverbesque lyrics just before the bridge. The piece ends with chords from the organ, just after Helen’s scats.
This is a love song to God, which is a natural response to experiencing His awesomeness of dying for us, opening doors for us, choosing us explaining awesome mysteries, and giving us everything. It’s quite a delicious message.
God has made us worthy to receive everything He’s given us and we should be glad!