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  posted on 2/16/2008 at 08:09 PM
Listening to his greatest hits right now. What a great combination of Music and lyrics. No slouch when it comes to singing or playing guitar either.

 

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  posted on 2/17/2008 at 12:43 AM
Agreed, he's definately in my top 5 all time favorites...really is amazing what he has accomplished. Graceland is just classic.

 

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  posted on 2/17/2008 at 09:49 AM
There Goes Rhymin' Simon is a masterpiece, and one of my faves. I keep the album cover on display because of the cool art.

Goliath was watching (and I was listening from the kitchen to)... a Herbie Hancock doc on TV. I heard Paul Simon's voice speaking and had a flashback to "Annie Hall". I almost choked , because I was coughing...then started laughing.

Yes, Paul is a great singer/songwriter. His catalog is certainly worth having!

 

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  posted on 2/17/2008 at 10:11 AM
he puts on a grate show
 
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  posted on 2/17/2008 at 10:42 AM
Without Question!

I remember in 1977 when I was attending his brother Eddie Simons Guitar Study Center on 60th st. in NYC, the center would have a guest performer, who would play, and answer questions.
When his brother Paul did the Q and A I was surprised how little he remembered of his own songs he wrote, that we know note for note, word for word. Some would ask him about certain passages, be it lyrics, or chord changes. He was a little embarrased himself that he forgot a few words or chords without rehearsing them again first.
It was still an experience I never forgot, and we still got so much out of him.
I was just a little schocked (at the time) how he could forget some of the lyrics and chords to such classics as America, Bridge Over Troubled Waters.
He was certainly one of the great songwriters of the 20th, or any century.
The fact that Simon and Garfunkel survived Hard Rock, Heavy metal. Acid Rock, Punk Rock without really changing their style to fit the times bears that out for sure.

 

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  posted on 2/17/2008 at 12:07 PM
Brilliant song writer - Love his catalogue.

 

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  posted on 2/17/2008 at 12:21 PM
Hey Skypuppy, I've always said in the event of a copyright dispute put the songwriters claiming ownership in separate rooms and have each of them write the lyrics to the song....the one who can't do it is the owner. I'm not surprised he can't remember things about his songs. Songwriters, generally, remember all the things they didn't write when they're asked or are busy writing the next one and forget. I'm just glad he's still writing and sharing his genius with us.....Graceland is still one of my all time favorites.
 





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Hey Skypuppy, I've always said in the event of a copyright dispute put the songwriters claiming ownership in separate rooms and have each of them write the lyrics to the song....the one who can't do it is the owner. I'm not surprised he can't remember things about his songs. Songwriters, generally, remember all the things they didn't write when they're asked or are busy writing the next one and forget. I'm just glad he's still writing and sharing his genius with us.....Graceland is still one of my all time favorites.
Your so right Ann, well put..I just didn't realize it was that way at the time.

 

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  posted on 2/17/2008 at 02:35 PM
nope.

not on my vote.

fun guy though and a great spirit.

 

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  posted on 2/17/2008 at 05:53 PM
I guess Simon is an "Artist that everyone likes but me" ...never have dug his music at all.

 

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  posted on 2/17/2008 at 09:03 PM
"born at the right time" is an amazing song
 

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  posted on 2/17/2008 at 09:52 PM
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  posted on 2/19/2008 at 02:52 PM
Love Paul Simon and agree that he's a great lyricist and musical talent. Also very good live. Graceland and Rythym of the Saints are 2 that get played alot by me.

 

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  posted on 2/19/2008 at 02:56 PM
Is anyone else aware of the claim by some of the boys in Los Lobos that he stole songs from them that wound up on the Graceland album? It was supposed to have been a collaboration and Paul went off on his own with stuff the LL boys came up with. I'll look up a link to this and come back and ad it to my post.

 

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  posted on 2/19/2008 at 03:01 PM
i've seen articles on the issues w/ Los Lobos.
 

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  posted on 2/19/2008 at 03:09 PM
One short blurb in the Wikipedia article on Graceland...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graceland_(album)

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The group Los Lobos appear on the last track, "All Around The World or The Myth Of Fingerprints." According to Los Lobos's saxophone player Steve Berlin, Simon stole the song from Los Lobos, giving them no songwriting credit.

Caffrey, Scott (2006.11.03). Lone Wolf: Hangin' With Steve Berlin. JamBase.

 

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  posted on 2/19/2008 at 03:16 PM
There was a several page thread here a while ago talking about the Los Lobos deal...I'm sure a search would turn it up...

edit: okay, it wasn't several pages, but I think this was it:

http://www.allmanbrothersband.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=XForum&am p;file=viewthread&tid=52358#pid

[Edited on 2/19/2008 by Sandman]

 

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  posted on 2/19/2008 at 04:14 PM
That sucks about Los Lobos. Paul should do the right thing.

But I still think Rhymin' Simon is one of the great singer-songwriter albums ever, and my daughter loves it too -- esp. Kodachrome and Take me to the Mardi Gras.

 

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  posted on 2/19/2008 at 04:38 PM
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That sucks about Los Lobos. Paul should do the right thing.
ditto. And I still think that he's put out some amazing music over the years. And I saw him on the Rythym of the Saints tour and his show was absolutely amazing (believe I saw him play an outdoor show where ABB was on lineup, also - another good performance).

[Edited on 2/19/2008 by lolasdeb]

 

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