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Paul Simon On World Cafe | December 19, 2011

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Paul Simon's music can feel timeless even when it's filled with new ideas. In his interview with World Cafe host David Dye, Simon reflects on his friend Bert Jansch, who recently died, and discusses their friendship, which lasted more than 30 years. Noting the strange and uncomfortable feeling that he gets while watching himself and his peers age, Simon says it's a constant reminder of how quickly time can pass. In fact, it's been 25 years since he released Graceland, a touchstone for its incorporation of African instruments and world music into pop songwriting.

Simon explores many ideas surrounding life and death on his latest album, So Beautiful or So What. The album centers on themes of spirituality and mortality, often teasing out universal truths with a light and humorous touch. Simon is a master of writing songs that feel profoundly human without sacrificing their ability to work as great pop songs, so it comes as no surprise that his 16th studio album is a marvelous addition to his catalog.(link)


Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Paul Simon "You Can Call Me Al" Graceland
Deer Tick "Miss K." Divine Providence
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers "Luna" Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Dawes "A Little Bit of Everything" Nothing Is Wrong

((The War On Drugs "Show Me The Coast" Wagonwheel Blues))

Paul Simon "Questions For The Angels" So Beautiful or So What
Paul Simon "Love Is Eternal Sacred Light" So Beautiful or So What
Paul Simon "Anji" Sounds of Silence
Paul Simon "Graceland" Graceland

((Vampire Weekend "Oxford Comma" Vampire Weekend))

Tinariwen "Cler Achel" Aman Iman: Water Is Life
Janelle Monae "Tightrope" The Archandroid
Other Lives "For 12" Tamer Animals

((Cass McCombs "Pregnant Pause" Dropping The Write))

Hour 2

Vampire Weekend "Giving Up the Gun" Contra
Pearl and the Beard "The Lament of Coronado Brown" Killing the Darlings
Pearl and the Beard "Reverend" Killing the Darlings
Of Monsters & Men "Little Talks" My Head Is an Animal
Devotchka "The Clockwise Witness" A Mad and Faithful Telling

((Pearl And The Beard "Sweetness" Killing The Darlings))

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit "Codeine" Here We Rest
Kathleen Edwards "Change the Sheets" Voyageur
Fine Young Cannibals "I'm Not the Man I Used to Be" The Raw and the Cooked
Fitz & the Tantrums "Moneygrabber" Picking Up the Pieces

((The Slip "Children Of December))

Spoon "Peace Like a River" Daytrotter Session
Barr Brothers "Beggar in the Morning" Barr Brothers
Otis Redding "Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa (Sad Song)" The Otis Redding Story
The Alabama Shakes "I Found You" EP

((Richard Thompson "Persuasion" Sweet Talker))