Day 4 Paul Simon’s GRACELAND. Magnificent album, a timeless classic really. Try not to sing a long or tap your feet. You know all the words, but how? AND it’s the first of several awesome vinyl I received from my in-laws (HI BARB & TERRY!) for Xmas 2011. It came with a thoughtful write up of why each of the albums was gifted to me. They’re so awesome. More on that later. I wonder to myself … “is Paul Simon dead?” (keeping in mind we don’t have cable or access to music culture on this island on the Pacific). To find the answer ~ I stole the following from Wikipedia because it seems like such an honourable man deserves mention:
Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Simon’s international fame and success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, launched in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel. Simon wrote most of the pair’s songs, including three that reached No. 1 on the U.S. singles charts: “The Sound of Silence“, “Mrs. Robinson“, and “Bridge Over Troubled Water“. The duo split up in 1970 at the height of their popularity, and Simon began a successful solo career, recording three highly acclaimed albums over the next five years. In 1986, he released Graceland, an album inspired by South African township music that helped fuel the anti-apartheid movement.Simon also wrote and starred in the film One-Trick Pony in 1980 and co-wrote the Broadway musical The Capeman in 1998. Simon has earned 13 Grammys for his solo and collaborative work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2001, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2006 was selected as one of the “100 People Who Shaped the World” by Time magazine. Among many other honors, Simon was the first recipient of the Library of Congress’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2007. Rounding off his 2011 World Tour, which included US England, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany, Simon appeared at Ramat Gan Stadium in Israel in July 2011, making his first concert appearance in Israel since 1983. On September 11, 2011, Paul Simon performed “The Sound of Silence” at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, site of the World Trade Center, on the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
So I guess he’s still kicking it. That, and Corey heard him on the radio this morning ~talking about how he writes from “putting the time in… not from inspiration”.
PS. can any BLOGGERS write & tell me where the 2nd bar of keys for posting went? the one with the fonts, colours etc? thanks.