A Paul Simon Playlist

Written by | May 10, 2011 0:13 am | 4 responses

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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.
 
10. Cecilia – The perfect girlfriend gone bad.

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