The Public Records 3/18/22
Holy Moses! What a two weeks it’s been here at Tellus360. Roots & Blues then St. Patrick’s….phew, who needs a break? I can tell you, we’re looking forward to a plain old weekend or two here in the Síbín. Anyhoodles; we’re still glad you joined us and had a blast. However, this week we decided we’d take it down a notch and enjoy some chill tunage. Therefore, The Public Records proudly presents for its album for the week of March 18th, 2018 Paul Simon’s Still Crazy After All These Years from the Brandon Luna Collection (shelf C3).
Paul Simon was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1941. Shortly afterward, his family moved to Flushing in Queens, New York. It is here that he began singing and writing before being known for being half of Simon & Garfunkel and a pretty ‘Garfunky’ solo career. He met Arthur Garfunkel when they were both in their early teens and began performing together. The duo had steady success and called themselves Tom & Jerry. In 1964, they auditioned for and were picked up by Columbia, which decided they should only use their surnames – a first in the business, and given a record deal. They recorded the album Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.
The album flopped and Paul moved to England to find himself and keep playing. However, a song from that album (The Sound Of Silence) became increasingly popular over the next few years and this led to Simon and Garfunkel getting back together to produce a few more albums. In 1970 the two split and followed solo careers.
Still Crazy After All These Years was his third solo album (1975). This album was written after a divorce and those themes can be heard throughout. Darker lyrics about heavier subject matter is given to us right away with A1 being the title track and that fun little romp 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover playfully goes through great ways to break up.
Paul has always had a little flare in his writing and playing whether from the reggae vibes of Mother And Child Reunion or the trip through Southern American and African influences he takes us on with the album Graceland and Still Crazy After All These Years covers more of this ground with gospel and jazz inspired tunes to supplement folk, rock, and pop sensibilities.
With Paul you need to pay attention. If the devil is in the details, then Simon is truly a Satanist with everything that is going on in the background of his songs. Listen hard for strings being plucked, wandering saxes, odd little vocal harmonies, and a great use of auxiliary percussion. A favorite, Have A Good Time, is on the B side and features Bob James on electric piano. In fact, there isn’t a bad track on this album.
With that being said, we invite you to come on in and enjoy Still Crazy After All These Years with a Joe P recommended simple Gunpowder gin and tonic. A simple yet elaborate gin for a simple yet elaborate album. Because, at the end of the day, we’re still sane after all these weekends…