Thursday, April 8, 2010

American Tune

"We can't be forever blessed." - Paul Simon, "American Tune"

(NOTE: earlier references to IE8 problems were resolved when I replaced a more than five-year-old Adobe Flash player with the current one. I had long since done that in Firefox, but apparently not in IE.)


  1. I like Simon's understated performance. It's the sort of thing that, in the age of American Idol, we see very rarely anymore. Judee Sill was another who excelled at the art of restrained emotion in singing and songwriting, and her career was all but at an end by the time Simon gave this performance.

  2. I like Simon's sweet, sad young face in 1975, an appropriate contrast to the bittersweet song he is delivering. He was certainly one of the signature singer/songwriters of my generation (actually a few years older than I am), and over the intervening years he has sustained that overflowing creativity, changing his style as he changed his material and working context. What a musician!

    I don't know Judee Sill; I'll seek her out on the web.



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