Paul Simon vibrantly rearranged

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Paul Simon played at the Key Arena Sept 29th.   Backed by the Jerry Douglas band playing what sounded to me like a mix of Blue grass and country music.   Twangy diddly-dee music.

Mumzie has virtually all Paul Simon’s Albums,   I grew up listening to Simon and Garfunkel.   It was an opportunity I couldn’t miss.   I was unsure how much I would enjoy it,   if he focused the concert on post ‘Gracelands’ music it would be good,   but not as fundamentally enjoyable as pulling music from his whole career.

A  wonderful evening 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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I recognized all but 3 or 4 of the songs,   in the opening set he played ‘slip sliding away’,   Me and julio down by the school yard” and “50 ways to leave your lover”.   The musical arrangements were all clearly deliberate variations on the Album tracks.   This was fun.   Mrs Robinson was effectively rocked-up. A fabulous archipello introduction and finale to “Diamonds on the soles of her shoes“.   The band obviously enjoyed playing together and Paul would wave his arms and wrists around in a manner not dissimilar to Morrissey.   Bouncing around in his baseball cap and tight fitting t-shirt,   without prior knowledge, I would never have guessed that he was 65.   He looked more like a sprightly fit 40 year old.   My, but he’s short in real life,  the other members of the band dwarfed him!    The wonderful mix of instruments (accordion,   saxophones, 2 drum kits,  washboard, multiple guitars and voices) used variously gave each song a highly unique sound.   From Surprise (New Album) he played “Outrageous” and “How can you live in the Northeast“. The crowd was much more boisterously appreciative than many US audiences I’ve joined.   This was doubly surprising given the high proportion of the audience wearing blue rinses,   or no hair at all.    They closed the well constructed set with two tracks from Bridge over Troubled waters “the only living boy in New York” and “Cecilia“.   I used to dance around the front room singing these familiar songs as a pre-teen.   I feel like I’ve grown up with Paul Simon playing the accompanying track.  

The first encore was “still crazy after all these years“,   “just call me Al” and “the boxer“.  

Top that!  

They did with a second encore ….”wartime prayers” then “Bridge over troubled water” …..      

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  1. Bob writes:

    I saw the Paul Simon show at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia this past Tuesday, 10/26. It was the last stop on the current American tour and it was great !!!! I had read a review from a couple of months ago that was not favorable, so I guess I had low expectations. I thought the band was super, and Paul was in good voice and spirits and the music and the show was high energy. I’m really glad I went.

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