Thursday, March 22, 2007

Yahoo LAUNCHCAST song of the day

Artist:Paul Simon

Song:Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes


Paul Simon is one of the great songwriters of popular music. He's best known as a performer for his days with Art Garfunkel but he has also had a significant solo career. The 1986 album Graceland was an attempt to experiment with different musical styles. I guess like a lot of creative people Simon gets bored easily and he likes to try different things. So Graceland had some Zydeco songs and also used South African rhythms. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes featured the group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. It was a huge success and was probably Simon's best selling solo album. The music was experimental and accessible at the same time. It's definitely worth getting. Simon continues to try different things such as the stage musical Capeman. His latest CD is a collaboration with Brian Eno from 2006 called Surprise. At least he's interesting if not always successful. Here's Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo performing Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes in Africa in 1987.

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