Put yourself in Sharon Van Etten‘s position. You’re putting out your third LP, the one that’s going to be the break-though even though you don’t know it yet. The album cover has a comprehensive list of thanks, and Sharon being self-less and sharing, also has detailed recommendations for further listening. But on the inside of the gatefold, pride of place, there’s an artist photo and the words “For John Cale”, dedicating it to her all-time musical hero. Wind forward a year. Things have gone really rather well. Sharon is in the UK, touring, and is slightly excited to be asked to do ‘Later With Jools Holland’. More than slightly, given that the afore-mentioned Mr. Cale is on the show. She gets to meet her musical hero, only to find that he’s also rather keen to meet her too. It seems he has a show coming up in New York, at the Howard Gilman Opera House no less, and John has been waiting to ask personally if she would mind to pop along and sing with him? No wonder she’s a bit happy. The amazing thing was that she kept it until the end of the interview before spilling the beans. You read it here first.