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Paul Simon

Dátum narodenia: 13. október 1941

Paul Frederic Simon je americký spevák a hudobný skladateľ. Do povedomia verejnosti sa dostal v roku 1965, keď spolu s Artom Garfunkelom založil duo Simon & Garfunkel. Paul Simon bol autorom väčšiny ich tvorby a aj väčšiny hitov, ako sú skladby „The Sound of Silence“, „The Boxer“, „Mrs. Robinson“ a „Bridge Over Troubled Water“. Po roku 1970, kedy sa duo rozpadlo, Simon začal svoju celkom úspešnú sólovú kariéru. V roku 1986 nahral album Graceland, ktorý bol inšpirovaný africkou hudbou a patril k umelcom, ktorí uviedli do stredného prúdu hudobný žáner nazvaný world music. Skladby Paula Simona boli pozitívne vnímané tak verejnosťou, ako aj hudobnou kritikou. Za svoju viac ako štyridsaťročnú hudobnú kariéru mal výrazný komerčný úspech a v roku 2006 bol časopisom Time označený za „jednu z osobností, ktoré formovali svet“.Paul Simon bol dvakrát uvedný do Rokenrolovej siene slávy. V roku 1990 ako člen zoskupenia Simon and Garfunkel a v roku 2001 ako sólový umelec. Wikipedia

„Snowman sittin' in the sun doesn't have time to waste.“

—  Paul Simon

Beautiful
Song lyrics, Surprise (2006)

„I shoot a thought into the future, and it flies like an arrow, through my lifetime. And beyond.“

—  Paul Simon

Everything About It Is a Love Song
Song lyrics, Surprise (2006)
Kontext: I shoot a thought into the future, and it flies like an arrow, through my lifetime. And beyond.
If I ever come back as a tree, or a crow, or even the wind-blown dust; find me on the ancient road in the song when the wires are hushed. Hurry on and remember me, as I'll remember you. Far above the golden clouds, the darkness vibrates.
The earth is blue.
And everything about it is a love song. Everything about it.

„You'd better keep an eye on them children, eye on them children in the pool.“

—  Paul Simon

Beautiful
Song lyrics, Surprise (2006)
Kontext: Little kid dancin' in the grass, legs like rubber band.
It's summertime, summertime. There's a line at the candy stand.
Keep an eye on them children, eye on them children in the pool.
You'd better keep an eye on them children, eye on them children in the pool.

„Maybe the heart is part of the mist.
And that's all that there is or could ever exist.“

—  Paul Simon

I Don't Believe
Song lyrics, Surprise (2006)
Kontext: Maybe the heart is part of the mist.
And that's all that there is or could ever exist.
Maybe and maybe and maybe some more.
Maybe's the exit that I'm looking for.

„And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening“

—  Paul Simon

The Sound of Silence
Song lyrics, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. (1964)
Kontext: And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never shared
No one dared
Disturb the sound of silence.

„Instead of thinking in terms of chords, I think of voice-leading“

—  Paul Simon

As quoted in "Paul Simon's Workshop at the Guitar Study Center" by Richard Albero and Fred Styles in Guitar Player (April 1975), p. 20
Kontext: Instead of thinking in terms of chords, I think of voice-leading; that is, melody line and bass line, and where the bass line goes. If you do that, you'll have the right chord. [These voices] will give you some alternatives, and you can play those different alternatives to hear which one suits your ear... Keep the bass line moving so you don't stay in one spot: if you have an interesting bass line and you roll it against the melody, the chords are going to come out right.

„But you don't need to waste your time worrying about the marketplace,
Try to help the human race.
Struggling to survive its harshest hour.“

—  Paul Simon

Father and Daughter
Song lyrics, Surprise (2006)
Kontext: Trust your intuition.
It's just like goin' fishin'.
You cast your line and hope you get a bite.
But you don't need to waste your time worrying about the marketplace,
Try to help the human race.
Struggling to survive its harshest hour.

„But all that is changed now.
Gone like a memory from the day before the fires.
People hungry for the voice of God
Hear lunatics and liars.Wartime prayers. Wartime prayers
In every language spoken.“

—  Paul Simon

Wartime Prayers
Song lyrics, Surprise (2006)
Kontext: Prayers offered in times of peace are silent conversations,
Appeals for love, or love's release, in private invocationsBut all that is changed now.
Gone like a memory from the day before the fires.
People hungry for the voice of God
Hear lunatics and liars.Wartime prayers. Wartime prayers
In every language spoken.
For every family scattered and broken.

„How can you live in the Northeast?
How can you live in the South?“

—  Paul Simon

How Can You Live In The Northeast?
Song lyrics, Surprise (2006)
Kontext: How can you live in the Northeast?
How can you live in the South?
How can you build on the banks of a river
When the flood water pours from the mouth? How can you be a Christian?
How can you be a Jew?
How can you be a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Hindu?
How can you?

„Far above the golden clouds, the darkness vibrates.
The earth is blue.
And everything about it is a love song. Everything about it.“

—  Paul Simon

Everything About It Is a Love Song
Song lyrics, Surprise (2006)
Kontext: I shoot a thought into the future, and it flies like an arrow, through my lifetime. And beyond.
If I ever come back as a tree, or a crow, or even the wind-blown dust; find me on the ancient road in the song when the wires are hushed. Hurry on and remember me, as I'll remember you. Far above the golden clouds, the darkness vibrates.
The earth is blue.
And everything about it is a love song. Everything about it.

„I write from instinct, from inexplicable sparkle. I don't know why I'm writing what I'm writing. Usually, I sit and I let my hands wander on my guitar. And I sing anything. I play anything. And I wait till I come across a pleasing accident. Then I start to develop it.“

—  Paul Simon

Interview with Tony Schwartz in Playboy (February 1984) p. 166
Kontext: I write from instinct, from inexplicable sparkle. I don't know why I'm writing what I'm writing. Usually, I sit and I let my hands wander on my guitar. And I sing anything. I play anything. And I wait till I come across a pleasing accident. Then I start to develop it. Once you take a piece of musical information, there are certain implications that it automatically contains — the implication of that phrase elongated, contracted, or inverted or in another time signature. So you start with an impulse and go to what your ear likes.

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