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Дата рождения: 13. Октябрь 1941

Пол Фредерик Саймон — американский рок-музыкант, поэт и композитор, обладатель трёх премий «Грэмми» в номинации «лучший альбом года» .

76-летний Саймон Пол объявил о прекращении своей концертной деятельности. Рок-музыкант намерен дать прощальный тур, который стартует в Ванкувере 16 мая 2018 года.

„Maybe's the exit that I'm looking for.“

—  Paul Simon

I Don't Believe
Song lyrics, Surprise (2006)
Контексте: 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.

„These are the days of miracle and wonder,
This is the long distance call“

—  Paul Simon

The Boy In The Bubble
Song lyrics, Graceland (1986)
Контексте: These are the days of miracle and wonder,
This is the long distance call,
The way the camera follows us in slo-mo,
The way we look to us all,
The way we look to a distant constellation
That's dying in a corner of the sky,
These are the days of miracle and wonder
And don't cry, baby, don't cry, don't cry.

„Still crazy after all these years.“

—  Paul Simon

Still Crazy After All These Years
Song lyrics, Still Crazy After All These Years (1975)
Контексте: Now I sit by my window and I watch the cars
I fear I’ll do some damage
One fine day
But I would not be convicted
By a jury of my peers
Still crazy
Still crazy
Still crazy after all these years.

„You'd better keep an eye on them children, eye on them children in the pool.“

—  Paul Simon

Beautiful
Song lyrics, Surprise (2006)
Контексте: 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.

„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)
Контексте: 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
Контексте: 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.

„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)
Контексте: 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?

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„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)
Контексте: 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
Контексте: 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.

„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)
Контексте: 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)
Контексте: 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.

„And the war rages on in a land called somewhere“

—  Paul Simon

"The Side of a Hill" (written under the pseudonym "Paul Kane" out of his admiration for the film Citizen Kane) on The Paul Simon Song Book (1965)
Контексте: And the war rages on in a land called somewhere
And Generals order their men to kill
And to fight for a cause they've long ago forgotten
While a little cloud weeps on the side of a hill.

„I wanted to sing other types of songs that Simon and Garfunkel wouldn't do.“

—  Paul Simon

On the breakup of Simon and Garfunkel as a musical team. Interview with Jon Landau for Rolling Stone (1972); republished in The Rolling Stone Interviews: 1967-1980 (1989) edited by Peter Herbst, p. 210
Контексте: I wanted to sing other types of songs that Simon and Garfunkel wouldn't do. "Mother and Child Reunion" for example, is not a song that you would have normally thought that Simon and Garfunkel would have done. It's possible that they might have. But it wouldn't have been the same, and I don't know if I would have been so inclined in that direction. So for me it was a chance to break out and gamble a little bit … The breakup had to do with a natural drifting apart as we got older and the separate lives that were more individual. We weren't so consumed with recording and performing. We had other activities … there was no great pressure to stay together other than money, which exerted very little influence upon us. … We didn't need the money.

„So you start with an impulse and go to what your ear likes.“

—  Paul Simon

Interview with Tony Schwartz in Playboy (February 1984) p. 166
Контексте: 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.

„She said, why don't we both just sleep on it tonight
And I believe, in the morning you'll begin to see the light“

—  Paul Simon

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
Song lyrics, Still Crazy After All These Years (1975)
Контексте: She said, why don't we both just sleep on it tonight
And I believe, in the morning you'll begin to see the light
And then she kissed me and I realized she probably was right
There must be fifty ways to leave your lover, fifty ways to leave your lover

„The listener isn't aware that they are new notes, but the sound is pleasing to the ear. I change the key, and somehow it's fresh because you haven't heard those notes before.“

—  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. 21
Контексте: I didn't want to repeat the same notes in the second verse that I used in the first, so I wrote out all the notes of the song and all the notes that were missing in the scale, given that there are twelve notes from octave to octave. All those notes that weren't in the scale were the ones I wanted in for the next verse. The listener isn't aware that they are new notes, but the sound is pleasing to the ear. I change the key, and somehow it's fresh because you haven't heard those notes before.

„I want to rid my heart of envy
And cleanse my soul of rage
Before I'm through.“

—  Paul Simon

Wartime Prayers
Song lyrics, Surprise (2006)
Контексте: Because you cannot walk with the holy,
If you're just a halfway decent man.
But I don't pretend that I'm a mastermind
With a genius marketing plan.I'm trying to tap into some wisdom,
Even a little drop would do.
I want to rid my heart of envy
And cleanse my soul of rage
Before I'm through.

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