Saturday, March 7, 2009


Just watched The 2007 Library of Congress Tribute to Paul Simon, with Joe-Henry cuddled next to me on the couch. It was so amazing to see all his songs covered by people like James Taylor, Marc Anthony, Lyle Lovett and Steven Marley. But a few of my favorites were these: Graceland, which was given a really haunting rendition by Allison Krauss and Jerry Douglas; Diamonds on the Soles of His Shoes sung by Paul Simon himself and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who totally rocked it and rolled it and kicked it outta the house with their amazing moves.

Here's just a snippet of what must have been the most amazing concert to see live in perhaps the history of the universe. Seriously - all that talent? Singing Paul Simon songs?

The Boxer sung by Shawn Colvin and Allison Krauss

I think this might be one of the best story songs ever written. So mournful and beautiful, and these two ladies brought out the best in it's soulful harmonies. Their voices are perfect together.

The best part of the whole night for me, though, was Bridge Over Troubled Water, sung by Simon AND Garfunkle, and me on the couch, to a sleepy Joe-Henry who told me I had the prettiest voice he had ever heard, right before he went to sleep in my arms.

For someone who used to love getting applause, this was better than a standing ovation.

So I leave you with this. 'Cause I love him like a rock.


kari said...

How did you know "The Boxer" is my favorite Paul Simon song? This was so, so lovely.

Living In a Girl's World said...

I watched this last week too! I grew up on Paul Simon and the Boxer is by far the one brings back the most memories of my childhood.

Robin Amos Kahn said...

I love this show. I saw it when it first aired and I remember how much I enjoyed it.

And I love your singing "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and Joe-Henry's compliment!

suttonhoo said...

thanks for this. needed it.