Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Thank You, Paul Simon

I think we can all agree that Paul Simon is an American icon. His music, whether performed with his lifelong friend, Art Garfunkel, alone or introducing the world to LadySmith Black Mombaza has provided a big chunk of the soundtrack of an entire generation. Where would we be without Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mrs. Robinson, The Boxer, Sound of Silence or the entire Graceland album? I'll never forget the first time I saw Paul and the South African dancers on stage and singing Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes. It tickled my soul.

But today, while I listened to Still Crazy After All These Years, I was reminded that I will be forever grateful for that night in 1976 when Paul Simon stepped out on the stage of Saturday Night Live dressed in a turkey costume, singing that song. 

The idea of this wonderful, talented, iconic musician, having enough self-deprecation to see the humor in slapstick comedy made me laugh out loud then and smile every time I think of it since then. And sometimes, just one smile during the day makes a difference. Thank you, Paul Simon.

Here's a link to a video I found on Vimeo of that night in 1976. The quality isn't good, but for those of you who remember seeing it live that night, it doesn't really matter. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I've been gone awhile because of illness and surgery, but I'm doing better. I'll be back again soon.