Music notes all exist, waiting for someone to order them. That two individuals in different places can think of the same music is an example of what unites people.
– Krzysztof Kieslowski, French television interview, 1994
(in reference to Trois Couleurs: Bleu)
I’ve always believed this to be true. Dylan wrote “All Along the Watchtower,” but it really wasn’t his song. Hendrix heard the song as it should have been written – and performed it. Once Dylan heard Hendrix’ version, he could no longer do the song as he’d written it.