In this video, as part of an interview with Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon says this about writing. Marsalis asks him how he could have written "The Sound of Silence" as such a young man. He admits that after he wrote it he thought it was better than what he usually did, and then adds:
“I had no concept at all about what is magical about inspiration, you know, and I don’t think about inspiration at all, I don’t believe that you need inspiration, I don’t say I’m going to wait around until some inspiration comes, no, if I’m going to write I have to go to my writing space, and, you know, start to write.”
Later he says that when he was younger, if he liked a song, it was generally a hit. That's not the case any more, but he's past that point now (and I'm sure it doesn't hurt that there's no longer any pressure to make money). Instead, he says, “I’m only concentrating on, what can I make, and how can I do this without lying.”
How to choose what Paul Simon songs to love best? I just can't. I love it that he has an index on his website of all the songs and the full lyrics (here). I do appreciate the music, but the lyrics are always the most important aspect for me, and I can't fully enjoy a song until I've figured out what it's saying.
I've posted Questions for the Angels before, and Something So Right, and Insomniac's Lullaby, and others, but the Graceland album is just the best there is, anywhere, ever, and this is one of the best songs on that album:
And here's a bonus:
Now that school is over, I am going to follow Paul Simon's advice and "go to my writing space, and you know, start to write."
This week's roundup is here.