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The Reading Room

Writing about writing about music.

Henry writes about music and music books for ND, The Bluegrass Situation, Country Standard Time, Publishers Weekly, and more.

The Reading Room

Writing about writing about music.

Henry writes about music and music books for ND, The Bluegrass Situation, Country Standard Time, Publishers Weekly, and more.

Still Restless After All These Years: Peter Ames Carlin on Paul Simon

Wonderful review, Henry. It captures the Simon whose works are never too far from my listening. He seems known and unknowable. Whether that is what he wants or can't help being is up to him, but he comes across as captive and captor. Thanks. Eager to read this, as soon as I can afford it.

Thanks for this. I have another story to tell. Before the Still Crazy album came out Simon was on the Cavett show and did a portion of the song. The title line resonated with me as I thought about an ex-GF. A few minutes later the phone rang. She was watching it as well and said that she was thinking about me. 

I remember seeing that show as well, and you can still see that piece of the Cavett show on Youtube, runs 4:53...it was, for me, a fascinating look into the world of songwriting from one of the best...the opening section of the song is fully formed with the title line...he's not sure where to take it from there...I can remember thinking it was going to be a great song when it was finished because it was already quite memorable.  

Excellent article here...on my reading list as well...

I wonder if he touches on the controversy with Los Lobos?