Occasional Bob Dylan collaborator Daniel Lanois has revealed that the singer-songwriter’s venture into standards might not be limited to last month’s Shadows in the Night. “He came to my house eight or six months ago and spent a few hours,” the producer said in a recent interview with The Vancouver Sun. “We listened to 21 songs – because he’s made two records of this [Sinatra project].”
Although the producer, who did not contribute to Shadows but previously worked on Dylan’s Oh Mercy and Time Out of Mind LPs, didn’t offer any other info about the album’s possible sequel, he did give an account of Dylan’s passion for the project. Before the singer-songwriter played any of the music for Lanois, he told him the story of how he’d grown up hearing music but not aware of what the musicians looked like, giving him a sense of mystery about the artist.
“He felt that a lot of that music was written not only by great professional songwriters at the time, but a lot of it was written from the heart, from the wartime and [by] people just pining for a lover,” Lanois relayed. “He felt there was a lot of spirit in that music. He felt there was a kind of beauty, a sacred ground for him. After having said all that, we then listened to the music, and I felt everything that he talked about. For one of America’s great writers to say, ‘I’m not gonna write a song; I’m gonna pay homage to what shook me as young boy,’ I thought was very graceful and dignified.”
A Bob Dylan rep had not returned a request for comment on the status of Dylan’s second record as of press time.
Dylan recently made a video for the Shadows in the Night tune “The Night We Called It a Day.” The clip finds the singer battling actor Robert Davi for the affections of actress Tracy Phillips. Incidentally, Davi recorded his own album of standards, Davi Sings Sinatra – On the Road to Romance, in 2011.