Who I’m Listening To: Paul Simon

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Paul Simon, both as a solo artist, and as one-half of Simon and Garfunkel, is my favorite musician in the whole entire universe, iincluding/i a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/40_Harmonia”Harmonia/a. That says a lot. For an earthly musician to beat out whatever Harmonia has to offer, which I guarantee you is a combination of whimsy, fantasy, and holy shit, must mean he’s special. Now, I know what you’re thinking, and the answer is yes. I love Paul Simon more than Journey and Steve Perry. divbr //divdiv”Bullshit!” you might say. “If you love Paul Simon so much, why don’t you create a blog about him? Oh, that’s right. You didn’t. a href=”http://www.loverofmanyfatherofnone.com/”You created one for iSteve Perry/i/a. Hmph.”/divdivbr //divdivMy reply to that is, as soon as Paul Simon starts sportin’ him some a href=”http://www.loverofmanyfatherofnone.com/2009/03/why-pantene-should-sign-steve-perry.html”glorious man-hair/a and a href=”http://www.loverofmanyfatherofnone.com/2009/03/steve-and-his-shockingly-tight-pants.html”shockingly tight pants/a, then he’ll get his own blog too. But he won’t, because he looks like this:/divdivbr //divdivimg src=”http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Pelosi+Reid+Join+Paul+Simon+Children+Health+lVUsP4JHJXdl.jpg” alt=”Musician Paul Simon, co-founder of the Children’s Health Fund, participates in an event to encourage politicians to not forget young people during the debate on health care reform at the U.S. Captiol September 16, 2009 in Washington, DC. The American Academy of Pediatrics have asked Congress for health insurance coverage for all children, ag-appropriate benefits and reasonable payment to assure real access to services.” //divdivbr //divdivIt’s okay, though. If Paul Simon were flashy, it would take away from his songs, and that would be a crying shame. He’s a brilliant lyricist, and, so far, the only one who can make me choke up. His songs are beautiful and haunting, tortured and inspirational. One of my favorites is from “Slip Slidin’ Away:”/divdivbr //divdiv style=”text-align: center;”span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: georgia; font-size: medium; “God only knows/span/divdiv style=”text-align: center;”span class=”Apple-style-span”span class=”Apple-style-span”God makes his planbr /The information’s unavailablebr /To the mortal man/spanbr //spanbr /div style=”text-align: left;”span class=”Apple-style-span”br //span/divdiv style=”text-align: left;”span class=”Apple-style-span”Every time I hear a Paul Simon tune, I get the same feeling I do when I go to visit my parents: a sense of comfort, of familiarity. I flashback to when I was twelve and listening to ia href=”http://www.amazon.com/Negotiations-Love-Songs-Paul-Simon/dp/B000002LFN”Negotiations and Love Songs/a /ion my Walkman knock-offi /iin the backseat of my parents’ Mazda /spanspan class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: Georgia; line-height: 16px; “span class=”Apple-style-span”Protégé, going home after attending a Christmas celebration in downtown Perry, warm, cozy, happy. Whenever I hear a Paul Simon tune, I feel that everything will be alright in the world, that no matter what my worries or concerns are, somehow everything will turn out okay. A musician who can elicit that kind of emotional response is truly one-of-a-kind, one of the greats. He’s the kind of artist who can give those frou-frou, lute-playing bastards on Harmonia a run for their money. /span/span/divdiv style=”text-align: left;”span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: Georgia; line-height: 16px; “span class=”Apple-style-span”br //span/span/divdiv style=”text-align: left;”span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: Georgia; line-height: 16px; “span class=”Apple-style-span” /span/spanspan class=”Apple-style-span”span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”line-height: 16px;”img style=”visibility:hidden;width:0px;height:0px;” border=”0″ width=”0″ height=”0″ src=”http://c.gigcount.com/wildfire/IMP/CXNID=2000002.0NXC/bHQ9MTMwMTk2ODg1NjM3NSZwdD*xMzAxOTY4OTA1ODEyJnA9Njk*MzAxJmQ9Jm49YmxvZ2dlciZnPTEmbz*5YmQ5MDQzYWRiYmU*/NmVkYTY4OThiMWNkMTQ1YWRhMSZvZj*w.gif” //span/spandiv style=”text-align: center; margin-left: auto; visibility:visible; margin-right: auto; width:450px;”span class=”Apple-style-span” object width=”450″ height=”470″ param name=”movie” value=”http://www.musiclist.us/mc/mp3player_new.swf” param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”never” param name=”wmode” value=”transparent” param name=”flashvars” value=”config=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.indimusic.us%2Fext%2Fpc%2Fconfig_black_noautostart.xmlamp;mywidth=450amp;myheight=470amp;playlist_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.musiclist.us%2Fpl.php%3Fplaylist%3D85040270%26t%3D1301968852amp;wid=os” embed style=”width:450px; visibility:visible; height:470px;” allowscriptaccess=”never” src=”http://www.musiclist.us/mc/mp3player_new.swf” flashvars=”config=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.indimusic.us%2Fext%2Fpc%2Fconfig_black_noautostart.xmlamp;mywidth=450amp;myheight=470amp;playlist_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.musiclist.us%2Fpl.php%3Fplaylist%3D85040270%26t%3D1301968852amp;wid=os” width=”450″ height=”470″ name=”mp3player” wmode=”transparent” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” border=”0″/embed /object/span/divdiv style=”text-align: left;”span class=”Apple-style-span”span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”line-height: 16px;”a href=”http://www.musiclist.us/”img src=”http://www.musiclist.us/mc/images/create_black.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”Get a playlist!” //a a href=”http://www.musiclist.us/playlist/21770309131/standalone” target=”_blank”img src=”http://www.musiclist.us/mc/images/launch_black.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”Standalone player” //a a href=”http://www.musiclist.us/playlist/21770309131/download”img src=”http://www.musiclist.us/mc/images/get_black.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”Get Ringtones” //a /span/span/div/divdiv style=”text-align: left;”span class=”Apple-style-span”span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”line-height: 16px;”br //span/span/divdiv style=”text-align: left;”span class=”Apple-style-span”span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”line-height: 16px;”Here are a few other songs I love that Playlist.com didn’t have in its database or I forgot to add:/span/span/divdiv style=”text-align: left;”span class=”Apple-style-span”span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”line-height: 16px;”br //span/span/divdiv style=”text-align: left;”span class=”Apple-style-span”span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”line-height: 16px;”iframe title=”YouTube video player” width=”425″ height=”349″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/u1DWdexSO9M” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=””/iframe/span/span/divdiv style=”text-align: left;”span class=”Apple-style-span”span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”line-height: 16px;”br //span/span/divdiv style=”text-align: left;”span class=”Apple-style-span”span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”line-height: 16px;”iframe title=”YouTube video player” width=”425″ height=”349″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/NGykXOamGqE” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=””/iframe/span/span/divdiv style=”text-align: left;”span class=”Apple-style-span”span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”line-height: 16px;”br //span/span/divdiv style=”text-align: left;”span class=”Apple-style-span”span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”line-height: 16px;”iframe title=”YouTube video player” width=”425″ height=”349″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/BPTOY8FrvNw” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=””/iframe/span/span/divdiv style=”text-align: left;”span class=”Apple-style-span”span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”line-height: 16px;”br //span/span/divdiv style=”text-align: left;”span class=”Apple-style-span”span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”line-height: 16px;”iframe title=”YouTube video player” width=”425″ height=”349″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/BfBDDbE7lcQ” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=””/iframe/span/span/div/div

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Alisha says:

    He will forever look like he did in quot;Call Me Alquot; – don#39;t post recent photos of him ever again. br /br /Kthnksby

    Like

  2. SVB says:

    LOL. I know. Heartbreaking, isn#39;t it?

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