Tag Archives: Paul Simon

Outro #4: On Paying Tribute

What good does it do to pay tribute? What does it accomplish to declare to the world that you see the worth of something, that you thrill to it? The question seems pressing to me after my last post, which … Continue reading

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Imagination Is the Boss: The Pretenders, “Brass In Pocket” (1979)

What a style.  She’s so special.  Her tone and phrasing a provocative mix of soaring thrush and stepped-on cat, Chrissie Hynde is certainly going to have some of our attention.  I fix on the moment in “Brass in Pocket” when … Continue reading

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The Galloping, Sprouting Guitar: Simon & Garfunkel, “Mrs. Robinson” (1968)

A hooks reflection often crystallizes on a metaphor.  This one is split between two metaphors, one animal and one vegetable, for the appeal of the guitar part in Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson.” “Mrs. Robinson” #1.  Riding a powerful horse … Continue reading

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Just Like Me (If I Say So): Paul Simon, “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” (1975)

Lots of songs please me without having the least similarity to my own style. It’s a big part of their value that they give me something I can’t give myself. Once in a while, though, part of the rush of … Continue reading

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A Thousand People to Be: Wilson Pickett, “Land Of 1,000 Dances” (1966)

“Do the Watusi!” I’ve never had the faintest intention of learning or performing a new dance, but Wilson Pickett’s exhortation in “Land Of 1,000 Dances” is a grabber.  It’s not just nonsense.  It’s not just fun.  This is about jumping … Continue reading

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