Paul Simon – Peace Like a River, by Davin Michael Stedman

I am not going to lie to you. I have listened to ‘Peace Like A River’ seven times tonight. This song is so beautiful it’s cutting me.

“You can beat us with wires, you can beat us with chains, you can run out your rules, but you know can’t outrun the history train”

This . . . → Read More: Paul Simon – Peace Like a River, by Davin Michael Stedman

Timbuktu – You Can Call Me Al (Polar Music Prize 2012)

Paul Simon seems to enjoy this version of his song. I don’t love it, but the Swedish kids make a game of it, and manage to infuse the song with some polar touches:

First Aid Kit – America (Polar Music Prize 2012)

“Michigan seems like a dream to me now…”

Are there any Swedes in the US who would like to write something about searching for America in East Portland Blog? Certainly there’s much to be said. Here’s one of the early Youtube descriptions for this video, “First Aid Kit perform for Paul Simon at . . . → Read More: First Aid Kit – America (Polar Music Prize 2012)

Alicia Dara’s 100 Songs in 100 Days – Paul Simon – Further to Fly – Kicks Graceland’s Ass

“Further to Fly” – Paul Simon. Rhythm of the Saints kicks Graceland‘s ass. You read that right.

– Alicia Dara – @thevolcanodiary – #100songs100days

Paul Simon Sings Sounds of Silence at Ground Zero

Burning Wood – “2011…So Far” : THE WEEKEND MIX

I’m following David Handelman‘s sage advice and linking to Sal Nunziato and Burning Wood early and often. Here’s Sal’s mix for the best of 2011 so far, the first half of the year – My Morning Jacket, NRBQ, Cake, Paul Simon, Eddie Vedder, the Strokes, Lucinda Williams, Death Cab for Cutie, Beastie Boys, Ron . . . → Read More: Burning Wood – “2011…So Far” : THE WEEKEND MIX

Burning Wood – “2011…So Far” : THE WEEKEND MIX

I’m following David Handelman‘s sage advice and linking to Sal Nunziato and Burning Wood early and often. Here’s Sal’s mix for the best of 2011 so far, the first half of the year – My Morning Jacket, NRBQ, Cake, Paul Simon, Eddie Vedder, the Strokes, Lucinda Williams, Death Cab for Cutie, Beastie Boys, Ron . . . → Read More: Burning Wood – “2011…So Far” : THE WEEKEND MIX

Paul Simon: 25th Anniversary of Graceland – A Journey to Africa that Yielded the Greatest Comeback Album of All Time, By Claude Iosso

You can never count rhymin’ Simon out. In his seventh decade making music, Paul Simon has a new record that, if not revelatory, features songs with incisive lyrics, catchy melodies and lively rhythms.

And so what if the bard from New Jersey hasn’t bottled lightning again with “So Beautiful or So What?” This guy . . . → Read More: Paul Simon: 25th Anniversary of Graceland – A Journey to Africa that Yielded the Greatest Comeback Album of All Time, By Claude Iosso

Rosemary Clooney – Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover, by Rich Horton

Wow. Who’d’ve figured!? But Rosemary has a great, slightly smoky voice, and this song seems to fit her well, even if her delivery is a bit stiff for the type of lingo the song relies on (the lyrics require a looser enunciation). Nonetheless, it’s still a credit both to her voice and to Paul . . . → Read More: Rosemary Clooney – Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover, by Rich Horton

Paul Simon – So Beautiful or So What – By Mark Horton

Paul Simon’s new album ‘So Beautiful or So What’ is the work of a master, a living legend still creating vital art. Full of keen insight, a warm heart, and a generous spirit, it’s a cohesive whole. Treat yourself.

– Mark Horton

Paul Simon – So Beautiful or So What, Getting Ready For Christmas Day, The Afterlife and Behind the Scenes – by BernardStreetCred

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“So Beautiful or So What” is the best thing he’s done since Rhythm of the Saints, which I liked better than Graceland. – BernardStreetCred

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RIP Phoebe Snow – 1952-2011, by Andrew Hamlin

Obituary is here.

I never knew Ms. Snow’s work well, but that is, to borrow a line from Blind Wille Johnson, nobody’s fault but mine. She showed remarkable courage and fortitude, in her decision to raise a mentally-handicapped child by herself.

– Andrew Hamlin

Paul Simon “Surfer Girl”

I received this from BernardStreetCred a while ago. Summer’s here and the time is right for acoustic Beach Boys covers: