Travelin’ to Graceland, Graceland, Graceland Tennessee

Once they’ve made a name and career for themselves, novelists, musicians, actors, painters and other creatives face a common challenge: Now what? Do you keep doing what you’ve done, what made you famous, or do you bust out of that niche and try something fresh and new?

Twenty-five years ago, a semi-washed-up pop star by the name of Paul Simon decided to try to something new, infusing his work with exotic influences from South Africa and Louisiana and Mexico. In “Graceland,” Simon produced one of those rare albums in which musicianship and creativity were rewarded with popularity. It was a fresh work of art by a mature professional, plus it made your feet twitch and your heart jump.

In its Silver Anniversary year, here’s the title cut:



– Jay Bookman

476 comments Add your comment

godless heathen

April 22nd, 2011
3:50 pm

Jay, I thought you were going to Graceland. Nice selection.

Dudley (United we stand, divided we beg)

April 22nd, 2011
3:50 pm

Paul Simon was pretty good

Mary Elizabeth

April 22nd, 2011
3:52 pm

Alright!! Played at my husband’s funeral – as he would have wanted!

HDB

April 22nd, 2011
3:57 pm

Sounds like another call for Fats Domino – “I’m Walkin’!”

GOP Monster

April 22nd, 2011
4:00 pm

Good song. Gotta go eat some congressmen for a snackie. Starving…..

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

April 22nd, 2011
4:04 pm

Paul Simon and ilk like him are not even worthy to spit shine Elvis’ shoes. Can you imagine an entertainer today stepping up to serve his country like Elvis ? No, they would have found a way out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nk1lNqi3AXE&feature=related

Logical Dude

April 22nd, 2011
4:06 pm

Holy Bleep, it’s been 25 years?????? Now I feel old. . .

Otherwise, you can Call me Al!

pogo

April 22nd, 2011
4:07 pm

Here is something for you Jay. It kind of struck a note with me from your previous thread. THIS IS NOT POLITICAL (OR IS IT????).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-Lc0Lra9cI

TaxPayer

April 22nd, 2011
4:08 pm

carlosgvv

April 22nd, 2011
4:08 pm

Paul Simon made that album with backup from a group of black South African musicians. Not long afterward he was at a black college and the students were accusing him of racism because he was white and “Stevie Wonder could have done it”. As he defended himself from these attacks, the students gave him looks of pure hatred. Only in America!!!

Kamchak

April 22nd, 2011
4:09 pm

OH NOES! NOT THE ILK CARD!

Peadawg

April 22nd, 2011
4:10 pm

I was 1 when this came out…never heard this song before. :)

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

April 22nd, 2011
4:15 pm

Jay:

If you have the time (or the inclination) please see my 3:48 on the below thread.

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

April 22nd, 2011
4:16 pm

Kammy:

Yep ……….. “ilk” ………… “It’s Like Kammy”.

pogo

April 22nd, 2011
4:18 pm

Now that I think about it, it is timeless!

Go Donald Go

April 22nd, 2011
4:26 pm

never really like this song or album, does nothing for me, this does though
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_jmDscGi7E

AmVet

April 22nd, 2011
4:27 pm

Peadawg, it’s OK we’re not ageists here!

This one popped into my head earlier today.

Here’s a sweet rendition of it…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBunv3LSaQA&feature=fvst

pogo

April 22nd, 2011
4:35 pm

At least it’s not the dreaded “elk” card. You know, all with the “crosshairs” and all that. And when you think about it, everyone is a member of an “ilk” aren’t they? Oh well, I am waxing poetic and to do so is nothing but jumping into a “intellectual” maelstrom (as we humans are apt to do). It is proven here everyday and it is a proven/sure-fire way to wile away your valuable hours on this earth on nothing that will ever change anything or make any difference in your life. But we humans are really just moths that are drawn to the flame, aren’t we? Otherwise the media wouldn’t have jobs.

Besides, there ain’t no Simon without Garfunkle. Simon’s music stank after their duo broke up. A white Jewish dude from NYC ain’t never going to be black but boy did he try!

Kamchak

April 22nd, 2011
4:38 pm

Just remember……..le petit caporal spelled backward is laropac titep el.

pogo

April 22nd, 2011
4:39 pm

An astute observation Kam.

Paul

April 22nd, 2011
4:40 pm

Nice. Coincides with his first album in five years. “So Beautiful So What.’

AmVet

April 22nd, 2011
4:41 pm

BTW, Paul Simon is coming to Chastain on May 21.

A few weeks later, so does this duo…

Please forgive all the disturbance I’m creating
But you’ve gotta lot to learn, if you think that I’m not
waiting for you

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZTCxL-v1×4

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

April 22nd, 2011
4:44 pm

Man, I remember that album like it was yesterday. Ladysmith Black Mambazo made that one a truly unique treat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAd_n2bR8qI

Kamchak

April 22nd, 2011
4:45 pm

An astute observation Kam.

Thank you, ’cause it was just this morning when I awoke, I said to myself, “Self, what can you do today to impress pogo?”

Always happy that someone acknowledges my accomplishments.

Good little liberal

April 22nd, 2011
4:48 pm

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April 22nd, 2011
4:48 pm

Now we’re talkin’. Simon is my all-time favorite!

Late in the Evening

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57RIlznOpDM

The Obvious Child

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y11yMCnhxZE

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

One Trick Pony

You Can Call Me Al

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover

I could go on and on and on….

pogo

April 22nd, 2011
4:51 pm

Well, you need to take them and appreciate them as they come Kam. As for impressing me, you failed at that long ago.

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

April 22nd, 2011
4:53 pm

Scout @ 4:04

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2010/08/23/celebrities-whove-served-their-country/#photo-34
There’s a recent one, and the rapper, Mystikal, served in the US Army. Those are the two that I can think of off the top of my head. There’s probably many more in the hip-hop and urban genre, but I’m probably thinking you don’t consider them entertainers anyway. :)

Hillbilly Deluxe

April 22nd, 2011
4:55 pm

Always feel like Simon and Garfunkel was one of those situations where the whole was better than the sum of the parts. Don’t get any better than this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-PNun-Pfb4

Mary Elizabeth

April 22nd, 2011
4:58 pm

Simon still has it! Here is his just released “Love Is Eternal Sacred Light.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPWVwylAilM

@@

April 22nd, 2011
5:00 pm

Hillbilly:

Love that song! They harmonized well.

I’ve been missin’ ya…checkin’ in on the baby birds wishin’ it was in color. Black and white don’t show no blue.

(ISH)

Gotta get goin’.

Have fun!

Kamchak

April 22nd, 2011
5:04 pm

Go Donald Go

April 22nd, 2011
5:15 pm

Mr. Hillbilly Deluxe

That song is a defining song for 69-70, because it was a good song but also because they played the hell out of it all day long, that can’t happen anymore and maybe that’s a good thing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0uO5RKI-S8

AmVet

April 22nd, 2011
5:26 pm

Getting a tad sleepy in here.

Going down…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUHy_TfkN38

Dusty

April 22nd, 2011
5:30 pm

Well, folks, I surely will not rain on your parade. It’s just that I don’t care for this kind of music.

You see, last night at Maundy Thursday service, the choir sang so beautifully and together like a gentle ocean lulling the shore to the peace of a quiet embrace. So nice and the message with it.

So, if I don’t get back anytime soon, have a lovely Easter and all the peace and joy that go with it. It is a wonderful weekend indeed..with a message for all time. That’s Easter…..

Go Donald Go

April 22nd, 2011
5:33 pm

Paul

April 22nd, 2011
5:34 pm

AmVet

“Getting a tad sleepy in here.”

Still working, click on the new offerings as they pop up.

Travelin’ Music expands my horizons.

Dusty

For you. And me. And whoever –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4Mp9qmjfQQ

AmVet

April 22nd, 2011
5:40 pm

Another epic band playing at Chastain this summer…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43wN23qvlbU

Lady49

April 22nd, 2011
5:42 pm

Paul

April 22nd, 2011
5:51 pm

ByteMe

April 22nd, 2011
5:58 pm

http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=135047046&m=135018356

Go there for Paul Simon’s latest effort in its entirety. Thank NPR with your donation :)

AmVet

April 22nd, 2011
5:58 pm

Hi Lady49!

By the early 1980s, I was so disillusioned with what rock music was becoming, I turned exclusively to other genres.

Including tons of classical music and this one.

I discovered this guy when I spent a week in Ochie…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8alYKNsM9CA&feature=related

Go Donald Go

April 22nd, 2011
6:08 pm

lil barry bummer

You need some medication
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnzHtm1jhL4

godless heathen

April 22nd, 2011
6:19 pm

I like them Simon & Garfunkle songs except I had to quit listening to them in the control tower at work – kept falling asleep.

Jackie

April 22nd, 2011
6:20 pm

@Lil Barry

You do not read well and forget easily. Your statement is specious, at best.

For all those so-called conservatives who complained about GM and the bailout they received, it appears the loan was a good investment.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_gm_back_on_top

Paul

April 22nd, 2011
6:24 pm

Pleasant weekend, all -

Go Donald Go

April 22nd, 2011
6:27 pm

Jackie – very good news on a good friday
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQVz6vuNq7s

AmVet

April 22nd, 2011
6:27 pm

Go, thanks for that kickin’ song from JCS.

From that same era and from another artist who really resonated with me…

I listen to the wind
to the wind of my soul
Where I’ll end up well I think,
only God really knows

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4-IZTZkTY8

Paulo977

April 22nd, 2011
6:27 pm

Good selection Jay…

Paulo977

April 22nd, 2011
6:35 pm

Go Donald
Go
Very fitting and beautiful

Kamchak

April 22nd, 2011
6:37 pm

Or as it’s come to be known, the Kamchak Boner Card.

No, that would be Sarah Shahi

But thank you for your attention in that matter, albeit in a creepy stalkerish kinda way.

getalife

April 22nd, 2011
6:43 pm

Go Donald Go

April 22nd, 2011
6:50 pm

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

April 22nd, 2011
6:55 pm

Kam’s got a boner stalker. :lol:

Paulo977

April 22nd, 2011
6:56 pm

AmVet

April 22nd, 2011
6:57 pm

For all the then heads…

Yeah, the radio was on – can’t you dig the locomotion
Kingdoms of the radio, 45 rpm
Too much revolution, then

Murmurs in the background

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpKJUa6IoBs

(I damn near wore that record out…)

Soothsayer

April 22nd, 2011
6:58 pm

Keep Up the Good Fight!

April 22nd, 2011
7:00 pm

I had the pleasure of meeting Simon in the green room at a performance in CT in 2001. Nice guy.

Given some of the comments today, I just thought of this song and its military application. Appreciate the 3rd line in.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJaOvFRh_Xo&feature=related

Go Donald Go

April 22nd, 2011
7:00 pm

it might be too early for this but what the hey
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xshh1Pn4KYA&feature=fvst

Kamchak

April 22nd, 2011
7:01 pm

SoCo

Probably the same individual from next door at CT’s that claims it’s a gerbil.

Soothsayer

April 22nd, 2011
7:02 pm

Normal

April 22nd, 2011
7:03 pm

Ol’ Normal’s favorite Paul Simon…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46bkXgxb66E

I wonder why?

Normal

April 22nd, 2011
7:05 pm

Normal

April 22nd, 2011
7:07 pm

Soothsayer

April 22nd, 2011
7:10 pm

In the late sixties, early seventies I went on a “road trip” a la Jack Kerouac. I went from Atlanta to Canada to the Outer Banks to Memphis and many other places. That’s why my post at 7:02 is so special to me. I’m still amazed at the many kind and accommodating people I met then. I especially remember the old trucker who picked me up in Wilkes-Barre, PA at 2:00. (I had been waiting for hours for a ride) I think he had taken a couple of “bennies” so he had an advantage on me, but I stayed up and talked him for hours. What a great guy!

Go Donald Go

April 22nd, 2011
7:15 pm

I am safe and sound in sarasota right now, what exactly is the point of your exploitation of this tragedy? 50, 000 die in auto accidents every year, can you find blame for that?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfbzUof-h64

AmVet

April 22nd, 2011
7:18 pm

Poor Barry,

Just as clueless as he is the other six and half days a week…

Look inside,
Look inside your tiny mind
Now look a bit harder
Cause we’re so uninspired,
so sick and tired of all the
hatred you harbor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYAG8_nd-N4&feature=fvst

getalife

April 22nd, 2011
7:25 pm

lil w bailout,

This is a music thread.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqUa_G1h3pw

See.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

April 22nd, 2011
7:27 pm

OMG I just saw this video about this guy singing at a McD (or it could be a comedy club) and it is appalling what happens. The thuggery. Why I bet the thug will be glad to by that girlie lil bar a drink. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPDkjtboDIM.

Boo,

AmVet

April 22nd, 2011
7:29 pm

lil, I know you can’t take a hint and you obviously have no shame, but really, hombre, take your perpetual hatred downstairs.

Love that Red Rider tune, getalife…

Fantastic Entwistle tune, Go.

From his great LP Rigor Mortis Sets In.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_qFjmy2Dec

(Check out that monster horn sound right out of the Who.)

TaxPayer

April 22nd, 2011
7:34 pm

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

April 22nd, 2011
7:35 pm

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

April 22nd, 2011
7:39 pm

Soothsayer

April 22nd, 2011
7:39 pm

Taxpayer @ 7:34: What a great song! That really epitomizes the American gestalt! The multi-national corporations just cain’t make enough money using us. So they use them Chiner’s! Maybe we Americans need to stop buying what them multi-nationals is tryin’ to sell us!

TnGelding

April 22nd, 2011
7:40 pm

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

April 22nd, 2011
7:41 pm

guess the official video would have been better…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w68RRFNGlTw

TaxPayer

April 22nd, 2011
7:50 pm

Happy Easter. I know I’m gonna enjoy mine.

What can I say. They were sold out of bunnies.

Soothsayer

April 22nd, 2011
7:53 pm

Tn Gelding: Great post! Great live version!

Jay

April 22nd, 2011
7:53 pm

Li’l Barry, you’re about to get yourself permanently bounced. What the hell is it with you guys? Of all the random acts of violence that occur in this world, what is it that fixates you about things like that? What dysfunctional emotional chord does it pluck?

Soothsayer

April 22nd, 2011
7:56 pm

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

April 22nd, 2011
7:57 pm

Keep Up the Good Fight!

April 22nd, 2011
8:00 pm

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 22nd, 2011
8:06 pm

Jay: what is it that fixates you about things like that?
—————-

The aspects of it that aren’t random.

Soothsayer

April 22nd, 2011
8:06 pm

Kamchak

April 22nd, 2011
8:08 pm

So Co 7:57

Very well done, sir!

(wish I’d found that first)

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 22nd, 2011
8:09 pm

Killer Combo of High Gas, Food Prices at Key Tipping Point

The combination of rising gasoline prices and the steepest increase in the cost of food in a generation is threatening to push the US economy into a recession, according to Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners.

Johnson looks at the percentage of income consumers are spending on gasoline and food as a way of gauging how consumers will fare when energy prices spike.

With gas prices now standing at about $3.90 a gallon, energy costs have now passed 6 percent of spending—a level that Johnson says is a “tipping point” for consumers.
————————

Time for another “recover summer”!

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

April 22nd, 2011
8:10 pm

This has absolutely nothing to do with Graceland, Paul Simon, or politics. Sometimes, I just think I’m surrounded by numpties…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WElvEZj0Ltw

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

April 22nd, 2011
8:11 pm

Kamchak

It’s in my favs, so you’ll probably see it from time to time. Found a good red one for the next level too.

:)

TaxPayer

April 22nd, 2011
8:15 pm

Soothsayer

April 22nd, 2011
8:16 pm

O Haupt vol Blut und Wunden

Oh! Head now bloody and wounded!

AmVet

April 22nd, 2011
8:26 pm

Soothsayer

April 22nd, 2011
8:29 pm

Amvet: I always loved that song!

AmVet

April 22nd, 2011
8:34 pm

Yeah, me too Sooth!

Before he struck out on his own, Todd Rundgren was in a band called the Nazz.

Here the Bangles cover one of their semi-hits…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erC9qkaOHnk

Soothsayer

April 22nd, 2011
8:40 pm

stands for decibels

April 22nd, 2011
8:45 pm

I adored this Paul Simon (co-)composed bit of 60s pop when I was a wee lad and it was atop the charts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcdPPd9nEwQ

ok, maybe it doesn’t hold up all that well.

AmVet

April 22nd, 2011
8:47 pm

To me, this song rivals anything by the Beach Boys…(and that’s saying a lot.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2n-NecKuq0&feature=related

Soothsayer

April 22nd, 2011
8:47 pm

Well, good night! everyone. I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend! I hope that you all remember the significance of this Most Holy of all Sundays — the day Our Saviour Died for the Sins of the World! And died so that you might have everlasting life in Heaven if you only shall believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins. Think about it!

Kamchak

April 22nd, 2011
8:48 pm

Soothsayer

April 22nd, 2011
8:50 pm

Stands: what a great post! Haven’t that in years. Like you that was one of my favs. Thanks for posting it! Good night, all!

AmVet

April 22nd, 2011
8:50 pm

I think it still sounds great, stands.

And exactly along those lines, here’s a Cat Stevens written song, made famous by another band…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQXbtlbQX70