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    Favorite Paul Simon Songs?

    Was watching a Mad Men episode tonight that ends with Paul Simon's song "Bleecker Street." ****ing fantastic, and it reminded me of not only how great a songwriter Paul Simon is but how prolific he's been throughout his career. Running a quick brain scan and I'm not sure I can name another songwriter who singlehandedly responsible for more great music (and I do not exclude Wolfgang A and old Ludwig Van in that discussion).

    Just a few of my favorites:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdKjEHfHINQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO9Ild2cvdg

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5_QV...eature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IwYQ1Vqf_4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_jmDscGi7E
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    Bob Dylan

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    Who?

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    Nice. Boy in the Bubble video was awesome. Like something Crossfire would make if we loaded hi up with 20 bottles of Five Hour Energy.

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    The Boxer
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    always love Kathy's Song ans a lot of the early stuff he did after S&G's first album tanked.

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...jozkydbcJ9M1IQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jungle Shift Jet View Post
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    A fair counterpoint. But just roll with it. It's a tribute thread.

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    Cant name one. So many.

    Saw S&G at Central Park in 81' not long after Lennon was killed close by. Magical stuff, I wish I could inhabit my brain from those times again. Its all a fog.

    Bittersweet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BushyTheBeaver View Post
    A fair counterpoint. But just roll with it. It's a tribute thread.
    Yeah I always liked him. I think Graceland was quite a startling recording to make decades into a career. I saw him on a local interview show a few years back MSG, centerstage which was an interesting look into a private, thorny person. In addition to my older siblings buying the early S&G some of the 1st rekkids I bought myself were S&G - the Boxer
    and I remember spending some of my Confirmation $ on the Bridge Over Troubled Water LP. Even today, in an era of musical unoriginality / pastiche you hear echoes of Simon in any # of modern pop hits, like Havent Met You Yet and Soul Sister.

    I think this is my favorite - starts off w/ a "Strawberry Fields" type intro/fade which might be why it didnt do better

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ft7mUK29GY8
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    Quote Originally Posted by 32green View Post
    Cant name one. So many.

    Saw S&G at Central Park in 81' not long after Lennon was killed close by. Magical stuff, I wish I could inhabit my brain from those times again. Its all a fog.

    Bittersweet.

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    So name 5. Or 10. In part I started the thread to fish for listening suggestions I might have overlooked.

    One of the really interesting things to me about Paul Simon is how much where he was at the time he wrote a song became what the song was about. That's true of everybody but with him it went to an nth degree.. And of course where he was when he wrote most of his songs was NYC. So his songs from his first stuff through the late 70s are in a lot of ways a musical portrait of New York City during that era. That's a really amazing thing, to have an extended period of a city's history documented day by day in music by one of the great songwriters of that era .
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    Quote Originally Posted by BushyTheBeaver View Post
    So name 5. Or 10. In part I started the thread to fish for listening suggestions I might have overlooked.

    One of the really interesting things to me about Paul Simon is how much where he was at the time he wrote a song became what the song was about. That's true of everybody but with him it went to an nth degree.. And of course where he was when he wrote most of his songs was NYC. So his songs from his first stuff through the late 70s are in a lot of ways a musical portrait of New York City during that era. That's a really amazing thing, to have an extended period of a city's history documented day by day in music by one of the great songwriters of that era .
    OK...I'll say "The late great Johnny Ace". It was released around that time, mentioned John Lennon...and having just been to Central Park right after John was killed (the memorial ceremony)...it hit home. I was a kid and felt everything 1000 times warp speed.

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    Thanks for that. Hadn't heard this before. Will take some time to feel it.

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    I usually have "You can Call me Al" in my head for a week after hearing that song on the radio.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTCNwgzM2rQ

    This one was written by Paul Simon but sung by Garfunkel.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-PNun-Pfb4

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    While I can appreciate he has talent, never cared for his music. Always reminds me of the Stephen Bishop scene in Animal House.



    And I'm Bluto.

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    The one with Fletch in the video.

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