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Paul Simon On World Cafe | November 18, 2011

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Paul Simon's music can feel timeless even when it's filled with new ideas. In his interview with World Cafe host David Dye, Simon reflects on his friend Bert Jansch, who recently died, and discusses their friendship, which lasted more than 30 years. Noting the strange and uncomfortable feeling that he gets while watching himself and his peers age, Simon says it's a constant reminder of how quickly time can pass. In fact, it's been 25 years since he released Graceland, a touchstone for its incorporation of African instruments and world music into pop songwriting.

Simon explores many ideas surrounding life and death on his latest album, So Beautiful or So What. The album centers on themes of spirituality and mortality, often teasing out universal truths with a light and humorous touch. Simon is a master of writing songs that feel profoundly human without sacrificing their ability to work as great pop songs, so it comes as no surprise that his 16th studio album is a marvelous addition to his catalog.(link)

Playlist

Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music
 
Paul Simon "She Moves On" The Rhythm Of The Saints
Los Campesinos! "By Your Hand" Hello Sadness
Elvis Costello "Oliver's Army" Armed Forces
Drums "Book of Revelations" Portamento

((The Dodos "Walking" Visiter))

Paul Simon "Questions For The Angels" So Beautiful or So What
Paul Simon "Love Is Eternal Sacred Light" So Beautiful or So What
Paul Simon "Anji" Sounds of Silence
Paul Simon "Graceland" Graceland

((Esau Mwamwaya "Dinosaur Of The Lost Ark" The Very Best Mixtape))

The Head & The Heart "Down In the Valley" The Head & The Heart
Roxy Music "Avalon" Avalon
Washed Out "Eyes Will Be Closed" Within and Without

((John Vanderslice "The Minaret" Emerald City))

Hour 2

XTC "Senses Working Overtime" English Settlement
Richard Thompson "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight" I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions "Lost Weekend" 1984-1989
The Kooks "Junk Of the Heart (Happy) Junk Of the Heart
Nick Lowe "Sensitive Man" The Old Magic

((Emmy The Great "Dylan" First Love))

Bon Iver "Calgary" Bon Iver
Al Green "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" Let's Stay Together
PJ Harvey "Let England Shake" iTunes Session
The Breeders "Divine Hammer" Last Splash
Fool's Gold "Street Clothes" Leave No Trace

((The Golden Animals "Try On Me" Free Your Mind And Win A Pony))

arland Jeffreys "Rock On" The King of In Between
British Lions "Wild In the Streets" Wild In the Streets
Might Doughty "Na Na Nothing" Yes and Also Yes
Cracker "Big Dipper" Garage D'or