Thursday, May 15, 2008

Songs of Paul Simon This Weekend!

Songs of Paul Simon Starts Tomorow! Listen to a preview of the show here.

Read my Dad's Essay "From an Old Guy that was There"
at end of this newsletter.

With special guests

Aimee Bobruk, Matt the Electrician, and Marc Utter

3 Shows

Friday, May 16th
St. Michael's Church 8pm $15 - $25 Tickets
1500 North Capital of Texas Highway 78746 (Westlake area)

Saturday, May 17th
Home of Lynn Cameron 8pm $50 Tickets
11728 DK Ranch Rd 78759 (north of the Arboretum)

Free Orderves will be served
Beer and Wine from Fion Wine Pub

Only 50 Seats Available for this intimate house show.

$50 reserved seating or pay what you can at the door. ($10,20, or more)

Sunday, May 18th
Uptown Marble Theater Marble Falls 2pm $12-15 Tickets


Thanks to we have 36 day tickets to the festival to giveaway to you fans. Two ways:

  1. Buy a ticket to the Paul Simon show and you'll be entered in the raffle we'll do at each of the shows.

  2. Register as a street team member for Strings Attached and participate on one of the missions.
    Look at the bottom of this page for an entry form.

On Simon and Garfunkel, from an old guy that was there:
By Chuck Taylor (yes, Will's dad)

Something sad there is contained in the harmonies of Simon and Garfunkel. Their sound is folkish, but they weren’t exactly folksingers because they performing new material written by Paul Simon.

The sadness of their harmonies and lyrics spoke to a sorrow that is in all of us, and it spoke to the times also. President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in 1963. “I am a rock, I am an island” speaks of the alienation of youth at the time. This was still the silent generation in many ways. You were cool and silent and hopeless, beat as the beat writers maintained.

“Silence like a cancer grows.” And “Here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson,” trapped inside a loveless upper middle class marriage. The song became an anthem in a my generation’s first generational film, “The Graduate.” No, we did not want to go to work in the plastics industry or end up in upper middle class marriages.”

Perhaps you have seen the movie and have seen Dustin Hoffman floating meaninglessly around in the parent’s backyard pool, wondering what to do with his life. “The nearer your destination, the more it keeps slip sliding away.”

Then more sadness: the dream team breaks up and things end inharmoniously. Paul Simon re-establishes himself firmly as a solo artist with the brilliant album Graceland. He has been through a divorce and is seeking answers taking a trip to the dead Elvis’ mansion. He is lost and sad, seeking a grace not yet found. The album takes a great leap into international music by including African sounds, but even with these new rhythms—a real break with the simple rhythms of folk—there is still sadness. Ah but he is there for you, this singer, willing to lay himself down for you, like a bridge over troubled waters.

There are two sides to the American experience, the sad sorrowful side coming from our Puritan forefathers, and our optimistic side, coming from the revolutionary experience of establishing the first successful democracy since the Greeks. The sad side is often forgotten because, well, it takes great artistry to get us to listen to the sad. It’s much easier to get up there with Lucy in the sky with diamonds, or into the strawberry fields after a ride on the yellow submarine. But a human who does not feel the sadness, the sorrow, is only half human—a mere bubble floating on the surface of the water of life. Get yourself a glass a wine, listen to Simon and Carbuncle, get down deep and let the tears form in the corners of your eyes.

Chuck Taylor

The Songs We'll Be Covering:

Slip Slidin Away
Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Dangling Conversations
Inder African Skies
Run That Body Down
Diamond on the Soles of Her Shoes
American Tune
Under African Skies
Train in the Distance
Kathy's Song
Everything Put Together Falls Apart
Still crazy after all these years
St Judy's Comet in D on cd
Hobo's Blues
Flowers never bend with the rainfall
Late in the Evening
The Boxer

Instrumental/Band Tunes
Sound of Silence
Homeward Bound
Scarborough Fair

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