Definitely! Artists respond to and riff on each other across years and sometimes centuries or millenia. I’ve found it’s easiest (on a blog) to show examples in poetry, but the interplay between composers/songwriters is ridiculous. I’ve always thought the Springsteen song featured in the previous post was extremely underrated/overlooked, by the way. His rendition of the famous speech is pretty haunting.
I completely agree re Springsteen and “The Ghost of Tom Joad.”
I do love this evolution of influence stuff. Have you ever read any essays by Guy Davenport. He’s a master at tracing literary threads, and is a wonderful writer as well. I recommend “The Geography of the Imagination” as a great collection.