2018-01-01

 

Something so right

Anyone who has read this blog knows I regard David Bowie as a musical deity. But there are other musicians who are also musical gods in my view. One of them is certainly Paul Simon, the pinnacle of musician-singer-songwritership. No doubt Bod Dylan is a great poet, but Simon has the rarest ability to make music and word meld into something so inseparably right. Beautiful separately, but divine together. Certainly Leonard Cohen also mastered music and word, but musically Simon is a perfectionist. His attention to detail and seeking new sounds is that of the ultimate craftsperson. I can only think of Cole Porter as comparable in melding music, word and production in the mutually amplifying manner that only the best art can achieve---and then again, Porter was not as great a singer as Simon. Below a list of my favorite diamonds on the soles of his shoes.


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