by Robert Wilkinson
Along with St. Lenny, today is also the birthday of the magnificent Paul Simon. Great videos!
In case you were on Neptune during the 60s, 70s, and 80s, Paul Simon has composed some of the most memorable tunes in our lifetime. In the 60s, Simon and Garfunkel began as folk singers, but moved into some major productions. They provided us profound and timeless offerings such as "Sounds of Silence," "I Am A Rock," "Scarborough Fair," "59th Street Bridge Song," "The Boxer," "Mrs. Robinson," and "Bridge Over Troubled Waters," to name a few of their dozens of great songs that gave us unique and introspective looks at life.
In the 70s and 80s, Paul Simon's solo career took off like a rocket with such tunes as "Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard," "Kodachrome," "American Tune," "Graceland," and "Rhythm of the Saints." Enjoy what you're about to see, since I found some classic footage of Paul, Art, and the Concerts in Central Park and Zimbabwe!
For your listening pleasure, the amazing talent of Paul Simon!
From the concert in Central Park, Simon and Garfunkel live doing their hit from "The Graduate," "Mrs. Robinson."
The legendary "Sounds of Silence." (with Art!)
Featuring the amazing voice of Art Garfunkel, "Bridge Over Troubled Waters."
From Japan, "Kodachrome."
Here's one of my all time faves, "Me and Julio down by the Schoolyard.
Willie Nelson and Paul Simon performing "Homeward Bound."
Not live, but great anyway! Here's the music video of “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes”
And now for one of the most famous and daring concerts in history! It helped end apartheid on South Africa and showcased African music for the rest of the world. From the Concert in Zimbabwe, we begin with Paul Simon and the legendary Hugh Masekela doing 15 minutes together of some very African music, beginning with "Township Jive."
From there, we move into "Graceland."
For the closer, a final long set from the Zimbabwe concerts with Mama Africa, Ms. Miriam Makeba, Under African Skies."
"These are the days of miracles and wonder...." Thanks for all the tunes, and may you have many, many more years and songs to go. You're one of the all time best!!
© Copyright 2012 Robert Wilkinson