I dunno when my editor Helen will post this (editors note- how about on the night of), so this will be either after or before I see Paul Simon at the Beacon tonight. I saw him two years ago at the grand reopening of the same place, Beacon Theatre, so while I'm psyched, I am not ALYSON psyched.
Anyway, A playlist…
1. Gumboots – Breakdowns come and breakdowns, a slice of Manhattan the only people who come close to today are Vampire Weekend, and they fall flat on their metaphor way too often.
2. St. Judy's Comet – Written for young Harper, Simon writes a lullaby unsurpassed till Billy Joel bested it.
3. Old – The greatest Buddy Holly steal EVER…
4. Father & Daughter – then Simon wrote this for his daughter and bested himself as well.
5. Born At the Right – I never thought the "Graceland" follow up was all that. Except this one. this one was all that.
6. Satin Summer Nights – What I wanna know is why Dion has covered it yet. How did he write this, this is doo wop as character exposition.
7. Mrs. Robinson – Simon claims this is the song in which he threw away the new Dylan shackles once and for all.
8. The Late Great Johnny Ace – One of his greatest songs, a death knell.
9. The Only Living Boy In New York – One of the rare songs that sends me back to a time and place: summer of 1972 in the back of my big sister and her husbands car driving back to her home on a late Sunday afternoon.