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:


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 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? 


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 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 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. 

Comment by Ron Powell on August 7, 2017 at 7:32am



Comment by Steel Breeze on August 7, 2017 at 8:08am

always liked S&G........as for thyme,well,i gotta strange taster,lotta stuff other folk love has no taste at all for me....thyme,rosemary,eggplant,mushroom,etc.....dont bother me if it's in stuff,can't taste it....on the other hand,my ol lady started growing garlic chives a few years ago and its outstanding....

Comment by Ron Powell on August 7, 2017 at 8:36am


1. Cut the 'sorty' shit .That condescending white privilege, disingenuos, hypocritical, faux apology crap doesn' t cut it with me. 

2.  Inasmuch as you could put the entirety of you KNOWLEDGE of music on the head of a pin and still have room for the entirety of your KNOWLEDGE of black history and the black experience, you should  back off, shut up and try to learn something on this subject.

3. Kosh was saying that he never learned how to play gospel. My posting the song by different performers was an object lesson in the difference in types and styles re the arrangements and performances. Since he learns by ear as I do he can hear the variations that the gospel style represents v the style in which Simon and Garfinkel wrote and performed the piece.



5. Don't start something here that you're unable to finish. Remember you can't close the comments here and runaway because you don't possess sufficient rhetorical skills to play, much less compete, in what you derisively refer to as 'word games'.





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