Thought I would share my story:
I was cooking breakfast one Sunday morning in the Fall of 1980 when the phone rang. Roscoe picked it up.. A few seconds later he walked into the kitchen looking a little shocked. It’s Bob Dylan he said.
I turned off the stove, saying bullshit and picked up the receiver. Who is this? I asked. Bob Dylan He sure sounded a lot like Bob Dylan. No kidding! I responded.
Hey we’re over here at the recording studio and thought you might like this song we’re working on. Why don’t you come over. When?
I drove to Venice and sat in a waiting room. Tim Drummond took me into the studio. Bob got up off the couch when I arrived and said hi. He was smaller than I expected. Levon Helm surprised me that way also. We sometimes forget that our heroes are also people.
Bob indicated that I follow him to the piano while his band members played billiards in an adjoining room. He sat down to the piano and played Every Grain of Sand asking me to sing along. I didn’t know the song, I was learning it. A dog was barking. His engineer was recording this rehearsal of him and me and the dog. I think we sang it twice. Bob thanked me. He gave me a copy of the typewritten lyrics. I said goodbye. That was it. This recording appears on the Bootleg collection. Though the fidelity is rough, it’s a beautiful song.
I haven’t been paid yet.
Dude, look me up, I’m in the union.