Bob Dylan answers the door and sees his big postman standing there.
"Here's a package for ya, Mister D. It looks like somebody
sent you a record album."
Thank you. Wait here and I'll give you a tip.
"No need for that, Mister D. Seeing you is the only tip I need"...
and the tall man who delivers the mail, slowly walks away.
When Bob Dylan unwraps the package, he sees the LP entitled:
"Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker". It is being sent to him by Sony Records
and signed by none other than Leonard's son, Adam:
"To Bob Dylan - Hope this finds you well. This is my Father's
farewell album that I helped him with. Be well and long life to you, Sir."
(signed) - Adam Cohen (producer)
Bob Dylan opens the LP and takes out the record. It's not the usual
black vinyl he's used to. Leonard Cohen's record album is white. (180 gram vinyl, no less)
Bob places this record onto the turntable and listens attentively
to the sound of Leonard Cohen, together with the Shaar Hashomayim
Synagogue Choir, + Cantor Gideon Zelemyer:
"If you are the dealer, I'm out of the game,
If you are the healer, it means I'm broken and lame,
Magnified, sanctified, be Thy Holy Name,
You want it darker, we kill the flame.
Hineni Hineni (Here Am I)...I'm ready, My Lord."
Bob thinks to himself....
"My God, that Canadian ol' geezer is saying Kaddish" !!!
(note: Kaddish is the Jewish prayer for the dead)
Bob Dylan listens to a few songs and is suddennly interrupted by
the ringing of his telephone: RING * RING * RING * RING
He lowers the volume of his record player and answers the phone.
It's his friend Kathy who's asking Bobby what's new?
"What's new is Leonard Cohen gave me a brilliant idea."
Kathy asks: "The same Leonard Cohen who once told the press he never
heard of you? You mean, THAT Leonard Cohen?"
Bob Dylan laughs and says to Kathy....
"Oh, he had to say he never heard of me, Kath. Folks kept saying Lenny was
Canada's answer to Bob Dylan. What d'ya expect him to say?" (hahaha)
Since Leonard Cohen is facing death on the album: "You Want It Darker",
Bob Dylan has decided to face death too....by recording an album of
singing "other people's hits" (not his own).
The CD + LP is to be entitled: "TRIPLICATE"
=> a 3 disc album slated for March 31st 2017 release.
"I Could Have Told You"
- from the album: Bob Dylan Triplicate
Sony Music/Columbia Records
ps: Leonard Cohen passed away on November 7th, 2016, 3 weeks after
the release of his album: "You Want It Darker"
Here's hoping Bob Dylan stays with us a long long time,
even though he's saying Goodbye.
When I buy his LP "Triplicate"...I'll be saying "Hello".