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Paul Simon

Geburtstag: 13. Oktober 1941

Paul Frederic Simon ist ein US-amerikanischer Musiker und Schauspieler.

Zusammen mit seinem Freund Arthur Garfunkel, den er im Frühsommer 1953 bei den Proben zu dem Schauspiel Alice im Wunderland kennenlernte, bildete er zunächst das Musiker-Duo „Tom and Jerry“ . Später nannten sie sich schlicht „Simon & Garfunkel“, wobei Simon praktisch alle Songs komponierte. Der kommerzielle Durchbruch gelang ihnen im Jahre 1965 mit dem Lied The Sound of Silence.

Simon veröffentlichte auch unter den Namen „Jerry Landis“ und als Mitglied der Doo-Wop-Gruppe „Tico & the Triumphs“ Titel wie The Lone Teen Ranger und Motorcycle , das als Motorbiene in Deutschland in der Fassung mit Benny Quick zum Hit wurde. Außerdem verwendete er als Komponist einige Male das Pseudonym „Paul Kane“.

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„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.

„Prayers offered in times of peace are silent conversations,“

—  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.

„And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made“

—  Paul Simon

The Sound of Silence
Song lyrics, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. (1964)
Kontext: And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said "The words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sound of silence"

„Well its great to do a neighborhood concert.“

—  Paul Simon

During the Concert At Central Park (19 September 1981)
Kontext: Well its great to do a neighborhood concert. I hope everyone can hear us. I hope that the sound is good. I hope we are blasting Central Park West and Fifth avenue pretty much away. I just want to thank the police department and the fire department and the parks commissioner, and Ed Koch [Audience boos] — and particularly, you know, people that never get recognized for doing good things for the city, a group of people that have donated half of the proceeds that they're making tonight — the guys who are selling loose joints are giving the city half of their income tonight.

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