In recognition of Paul Simon's 70th birthday I am presenting a list of my all-time favorite Paul SImon penned tunes. Quite a few of them are from his days with Simon & Garfunkel, many are from his highly creative period in the late 1970's and 1980's as a solo artist and a few are songs that were recorded by other artists. They are presented in no particular order but I must confess that in general I was a bigger fan of Simon & Garfunkel than Paul SImon as a solo artist. Hope you enjoy the list!
From the Grammy award winning album "Graceland". First released as a single in 1986 and then re-released in 1987. Not a huge hit either time but I consider this to be one of his 20 or so best songs ever.
Another early Simon & Garfunkel single. This is a tune about a young couple's failure to communicate. I once read that in retrospect that Paul Simon thought the song was dreadful. I respectfully disagee.
I can remember listening to this song about aging friends when I was a teenager and was especially struck by one line in the song: "How terribly strange to be seventy". It certainly gave you pause to think. Well, the years sure have flown by and Paul SImon just turned 70 and I just turned 60. And two of my closest friends whom I expected to be "sharing a park bench quietly" have already passed away. This has to be one of Simon's best songs ever!
Here a tune I bet you never heard of. This track appeared in Paul's 1972 debut solo album simply called "Paul Simon" and was the flip side of the single "Duncan" which never really caught on. However, I loved it the very first time I heard it and continue to enjoy it to this day.
Simon & Garfunkel reunited briefly in 1975 and recorded "My LIttle Town" with producer Phil Ramone. Although the duo's personal relationship had deteriorated the magic was still there in the studio and the song would be a Top Ten hit.
I guess I would qualify as a frustrated writer. My work requires very little writing and so since 1999 I have been writing reviews on non-fiction books and anthology CD's on amazon.com. I never could … more