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Choon Choosday: Paul Simon – Graceland

1 September, 2015

Paul Simon came in for a lot of flak for working in South Africa during the dark days of the 80s and this is not the place to discuss the rights and wrongs of cultural boycotts and the breaking thereof. But in going there he introduced African musical styles and influences to many in the western world who would otherwise never have heard them.

Graceland is one of my favourite tracks from the album. The guitar work is understated but evocative, the bass line is wonderfully melodic and I would imagine a real bugger to play, even though I’ve never tried. But it’s Simon’s smooth as melted toffee ice cream vocal that makes it, and the storytelling lyrics. The whole middle section “she comes back to tell me she’s gone…” is stuffed full of lyrics that other writers would kill to write just half a line of. It’s genius. It’s just one of the reasons why this is a



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  1. Long one of my favorites, your Choons have improved of late!

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