Bob Dylan interviews have a way of turning into metaphysical sparring matches.
So that's why the newest interview with Dylan, which serves as the cover story of the new issue of AARP The Magazine, is surprising — it was a civil conversation in which the often-cagey 73-year-old music legend gave straightforward and enlightening answers. It's also surprising because it was the only interview Dylan is giving to promote his upcoming album — and it was his idea.
Dylan talked to the magazine for the 50-plus crowd to promote his upcoming album, "Shadows in the Night," which is a collection of American standards, many of them Frank Sinatra songs.
On Sinatra, he said, "He is the mountain. … Comparing me with Frank Sinatra? You must be joking. To be mentioned in the same breath as him must be some sort of high compliment. As far as touching him goes, nobody touches him."
Asked about aging, Dylan said, "Look, you get older. Passion is a young man's game. Young people can be passionate. Older people gotta be more wise. I mean, you're around awhile, you leave certain things to the young. Don't try to act like you're young. You could really hurt yourself."
The interview ended with Dylan telling the interviewer how much he enjoyed himself. "The last time I did an interview, the guy wanted to know about everything except the music. People have been doing that to me since the '60s — they ask questions like they would ask a medical doctor or a psychiatrist or a professor or a politician," he said.
Then he got a little philosophical. "Life has its ups and downs, and time has to be your partner, you know? Really, time is your soul mate. I'm not exactly sure what happiness even means, to tell you the truth," he said. "I don't know if I personally could define it."
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