I'm in the kitchen this morning. My daughter's boyfriend is cooking, some potato recipe (little red ones) as an alternative to the oily but good sautéed version he and my daughter usually cook, incessantly because my daughter loves it. He says to me

"Do you have any time?"

For what?

It turns out he's saying "thyme." He's never heard of it, but there happens to be a jar of it out on the counter that he finds immediately.

You might think that made me worry about his culinary education. Screw that; it made me worry about his musical education. Everybody from my generation knows what thyme is; if we didn't know already, we learned that it somehow went with parsley, sage, and rosemary.

Here, Kid, you need to know about this:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qdz8m_PImwI

It could have been worse. At least he'd heard of the artists.

Artie has such a killer voice on this.

As it turns out, the guitar part isn't that hard. I learned it back in the seventies. You need a capo, but at least it's in standard tuning.

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on August 6, 2017 at 8:07am

:)

Comment by Foolish Monkey on August 6, 2017 at 11:02am

they were a beautiful harmonic duo but paul was always the mega talent and art, unfortunately the also ran.  to this day, he swears he MADE S&G which, were I paul simon, would piss me off to no end.  

Comment by koshersalaami on August 6, 2017 at 11:52am

Naah. If that were true, Art would have had a career after they split up. What have you heard from him aside from singing the theme to Brooklyn Bridge? Simon has had a monster career.  Why bother being pissed at a comparative failure? 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uKvRNjn6pyU

Comment by Rosigami on August 6, 2017 at 12:37pm

I do love their work together (S&G). And it's nice to hear about kids learning to cook. Good for them.

As for the herbs; ahhhhhhhhhh. I've got all that and more in my pantry and/or growing in my garden. The scent of fresh rosemary is a balm for the soul. I cook with it as often as I can get away with it- the Blp is not a huge fan. 

Comment by Terry McKenna on August 7, 2017 at 4:58am

Paul Simon, for all his success and skill is an obnoxious asshole.  It is one reason that Capeman failed - he was unable to collaborate in the manner required for Broadway.  love the music though. 

Comment by koshersalaami on August 7, 2017 at 5:47am

Not claiming he's a nice guy. But he is a musical genius and an almost impossibly great lyricist. 

Comment by Terry McKenna on August 7, 2017 at 6:02am

His lyrics are not generally amenable to being sung by others.   Not at least since his first few years with Art Garfunkle.

Comment by koshersalaami on August 7, 2017 at 6:12am

Interesting observation. Do they have to be? What makes them so personal?

Comment by Ron Powell on August 7, 2017 at 6:37am

If you can't hear the' gospel' in this rendition, it's because you aren't listening:

Big 'props' to the arranger of this piece, I vote for the pianist,  done before a live  audience.

Paul singing to the gospel piano solo as the rest of the band holds back and picks up the tune in the second stanza leading with the modulating  sax on the bridge is pure genius imho....

Can I get an AMEN?

Comment by koshersalaami on August 7, 2017 at 7:01am

If I couldn't hear gospel in that rendition, it would be because I was deaf. 

One of my favorite Paul Simon songs. 

Simon borrows from other traditions constantly. There are people who accused him of cultural appropriation when he did that album with Ladysmith Black Mombazo. I think the concept in art is bullshit as long as you don't disrespect your source. 

I don't know how to play gospel piano. I haven't listened to enough of it closely or had anyone explain the rudiments of it to me. 

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