‘She’s a good writer, and she hadn’t written a song before’
Posts Tagged: Paul Simon
a walk through Simon’s life and music
‘That it was, it was all me!’
We slip and slid away
For now, he has started rehearsing songs for the last moments at Forest Hills
This is the most perfect piece of rock fusion ever,
Simon fans don’t stream
“Most obits are mixed reviews…”
It is still good enough
A kneejerk review
How do you honor that story?
‘Basically what’s happening on the big pop level is not very smart.’
‘Cool Papa Bell was a baseball player in the Negro Leagues from 1922 to 1950’
while never entropic, seemed even at this late date, to have reached another level.
‘who was your saddest celebrity encounter?’
If this winter has taught us anything it has taught us our rock star faves are on their way out and should be seen before it is too late
The song tells the story of a musician who can’t get back into a club, ‘You got to have a wristband’ tells the bouncer, who is compared to St Peter at the pearly gates in Simon’s very typical humorous style.
Written by Dion and I coulda sworn it was Paul’s, but they are both here capturing the streets of the city that birthed them. “Hard as concrete, soft as the summer breeze”, refers to a girl but we know love lives in the urban jungle ode to this place – A
27-year-old James Blake debuted his own version of the song during his last BBC radio 1 residency, and the UK producer revamped the 50-year-old song with electronica and layered voices. The result is cavernous, cathedral-esque with a big organ-like drone covered by Blake’s kaleidoscopic falsettos; it’s not very modern sounding, rather melancholic and so I guess this version will appeal to many generations.
I have no idea how they came up with this idea since Cronin’s music has nothing to do with the South-African-inspired hit, the only thing the two songs may have in common are the horns, otherwise, it’s a cool and fluid indie song, with loud surf-y guitars, a fast drive and a very catchy-hooky bridge.
‘George came up to me at a party once and said ‘my Paul is to me what your Paul is to you.’ He meant that psychologically they had the same effect on us. The Pauls sidelined us. I think George felt suppressed by Paul and I think that’s what he saw with me and my Paul. Here’s the truth: McCartney was a helluva music man who gave the band its energy, but he also ran away with a lot of the glory.’
Just in time for his upcoming tour of the the UK with Sting (I saw it when Iit played New York and liked it fine for what it’s worth… at least the Paul segment), this 19 song ultimate collection is Paul’s first # 1 since 1990. It is pretty darn good as well, a coupla S&G for taste and heapings of Graceland. That should do it, right?
One of the saddest days in the year for me are Father’s Day, it is the one where it becomes clear that I have no children and nieces and nephew aren’t a substitute. It is a day dreamy concern (I don’t like the responsibility of a woman or a cat so it would be a form of hell…) but when you hear songs like this it triggers something. Less the urge to continue the Iman line and much more the urge to be loved
Simon, in a gorgeous suit, looked great and, like the other great Paul earlier in the evening, was in superb voice. There is nothing to complain about really, and at the top of the show with Paul auditioning to be host (“I told you we should have done ‘Sound Of Silence'” Simon quips) proves he still has great comic timing.
Saturday Night Live is almost as old as I am! This is kind of crazy to even think about it, but on February 15th, the famous TV show will celebrate its 40th Anniversary with a crazy musical lineup: Paul McCartney, Kanye West – are these two becoming siamese twins these days? – Justin Timberlake, Paul Simon and Taylor Swift….
The guitar was signed with a cool ‘This guitar saves elephants’ and the proceeds of the auction will go to the Nature Conservancy’s African Elephant Initiative, which has been working at increasing security and protection for elephants, still hunted for ivory
People were jumping from electric poles, the crowd was pushing and the barricades were not holding up, it was scary! I have seen a guy passing out at a Shins in-store show at Amoeba, the poor kid had been waiting too long in the sun without water probably, but what else out of the ordinary could I remember?
I hate it, and don’t do it, for all those reasons and more: I just despoise the unfairness of hitting people who are weaker than you are. Mental torture? Sure, it is part of being in love? But physical torture? That’s the worst way to leave your lover.
The Love Bug – George Jones – Wayne Kemp, country journeyman, wrote it and George Jones got it right; a smashing, lighthearted romp with love is a disease undertones riddling into the perfect lick. Jones vocal is a masterclass in Williams generation country singing.
The pairing of Sting and Simon is less questionable and I understand the intention behind the experiment of the music and combined talent. Sting, while more fit and ten years Garfunkel’s junior, is Simon’s other half … for about a third of the show.
But really, despite Simon’s constant attempts, he is simply a little better when Art joins in. This would be a much better show if they had maintained the same format only substituted Art for Sting. Hell, it would’ve been a better set if they substituted Jello Biafra for Sting.
My Stunning Mystery Companion – Jackson Browne – His last great moment, finds Jackson at a melodic high water mark with a cracker band and a guitar so tuneful it could bring tears to your eyes. Also, it reminds me of an ex and a future I reached – A+
Paul Simon? The boy with the thorn in his side. The thorn’s name? Sting , of course. The thought of these two together at last fills me with some unnamed and unknowable dread. It is a horrifying concept of finality, death, despair, the great unknown
Marry Me – Drive-By Truckers – Off their best album, this is a pure slice of Rolling Stones style hard country rock and holla by one Mike Cooley, which revs and revs to a blasting guitar solo before Cooley’s rasp takes em home – A
After telling Margaret Mullen, no, I wouldn’t go with her, and then changing my mind and discovering the tickets were too expensive (two hundred buck range) maybe two weeks late I checked for a single and picked it up at a hundred bucks. That is tix to see Sting and Paul Simon together at MSG on March 6th, 2014.
Why are we shelling out big coin to hear someone else perform another persons music? I for one really love the idea of ‘covers’ especially cool bands who do covers of generic pop bands. It adds an element of fun to the mix. But schleps doing legends work? Thats a bit off putting.
Her best song in years and the jewel in the ARTPOP crown, and the penultimate number on the album , just before “Applause” and ending the album on the highest of highs, this is a pop ballad of both beauty and seriousness. Major stuff for Gaga fans – A
Mick Jagger is 69, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon are 72, David Bowie and Iggy Pop are 66, Paul McCartney is 71, and Leonard Cohen is 79! Even Bruce Springsteen is already 64, Stevie Wonder and Tom Waits are 63, and nobody is getting younger.
But there’s a big difference with this new one as it will contain both Simon & Garfunkel recordings and solo hit singles and tracks from Paul Simon solo album catalog, a long career summed up in only 20 songs, in chronological order, from ‘The Sound of Silence’ to ‘Love and Hard Times’ off his last studio album ‘So Beautiful Or So What’.