Paul Simon


In an in-depth interview reprinted in American Songwriter, Simon discusses the craft of songwriting with music journalist Tom Moon. In the interview, Simon explains the basic themes in his songwriting: love, family, social commentary, etc., as well as the overarching messages of religion, spirituality, and God in his lyrics. Simon goes on in the interview to explain the process of how he goes about writing songs, “The music always precedes the words. The words often come from the sound of the music and eventually evolve into coherent thoughts. Or incoherent thoughts. Rhythm plays a crucial part in the lyric-making as well. It’s like a puzzle to find the right words to express what the music is saying”.

PSimonKodachrome

Side One

Kodachrome

Side Two

Tenderness

PSimonSlipSlidinAway

Side One

Slip Slidin’ Away

Side Two

Something So Right

PSimon50Ways

Side One

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover

Side Two

Some Folks Lives Roll Easy

PSimonMotherChildReunion

Side One

Mother and Child Reunion

Side Two

Paranoia Blues

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