Paul Simon Songwriter is a selection of songs, chosen by the composer, as the best of his decades-long creative output. Some of these are well-known hits and others more obscure works, but all bear the distinct lyrical, melodic and rhythmic signature of Paul Simon, one of the great composers of popular song in the last 50 years. As Simon has said, “I think of myself as a songwriter first, the recording artist and performer in me follow in the writer’s footsteps.”
Simon brought his own unique perspective on the nuances of his catalog in the assemblage of Songwriter, a new anthology of his work handpicked and sequenced by the artist. The album includes an emotionally resonant rendition of “The Sound of Silence,” from Simon’s 2011 concert at New York’s Webster Hall and Aretha Franklin’s transcendent studio take on “Bridge Over Trouble Water” and other selections from the artist’s critically-acclaimed catalog of songs.
Selecting the individual songs for Songwriter, from the hundreds he’s written and recorded, presented Paul Simon an opportunity to to reflect over the entirety of his career and showcase the individual songs best-exemplifying the high-points in his conversations with the muses, from his early work with Simon & Garfunkel through to his ruminations on the eternal now echoing across 2011’s So Beautiful or So What.
Songwriter includes liner notes by music journalist Tom Moon. The release of Songwriter signals a banner year for Simon, who turns 70 on October 13.
1. The Sound of Silence (Live at Webster Hall 2011)
2. The Boxer – Paul Simon – Live Central Park
3. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Aretha Franklin
4. Mother and Child Reunion
6. Peace Like a River
7. American Tune
9. Something So Right
10. Late In the Evening
11. Train In the Distance
12. Hearts and Bones
13. Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War
14. Still Crazy After All These Years
15. Diamonds On the Soles of Her Shoes
16. The Boy In the Bubble
1. Obvious Child
2. Further To Fly
3. The Cool, Cool River
4. Spirit Voices
5. Born In Puerto Rico
7 Darling Lorraine
8 Look At That
9 Senorita With a Necklace of Tears 10.
10. That’s Me
11. Another Galaxy
12. Father and Daughter
14. Love and Hard Times
15. So Beautiful Or So What