Well, my progression run did not so well. Basically, 2k into my planned 80 minute run this evening my legs just said “Nope. Not today, bud”, and that was that.
So I’m home now and attempting to console myself with another Brimstone Brewing ‘Sinister Minister‘ and BBQ-ing a chicken breast and frying up some bacon for this evenings meal of homemade Caesar salad. Keeping things light and lively on the turntable is the eponymous album by Paul Simon.
I figured, hey, since I died a horrible death in the current heat and humidity this evening anyway, why not listen to an album with a guy dressed in a parka on the cover?
Why the fuck not?
Anyway, this is another donation to the collection courtesy of Uncle Lance.
This is Simon’s second album, released in the year of my birth (1972), nearly two years after he split up with longtime musical partner Art Garfunkel. From the opening cut, ‘Mother and Child Reunion‘ (a Top Ten hit), Simon, who had snuck several subtle musical explorations into the generally conservative S&G sound, broke free, heralding the rise of reggae with an exuberant track recorded in Jamaica for a song about death. From there, it was off to Paris for a track in South American style and a rambling story of a fisherman’s son, ‘Duncan‘ (which made the singles chart).
But most of the album had a low-key feel, with Simon on acoustic guitar backed by only a few trusted associates (among them Joe Osborn, Larry Knechtel, David Spinozza, Mike Manieri, Ron Carter, and Hal Blaine, along with such guests as Stefan Grossman, Airto Moreira, and Stephane Grappelli), singing a group of informal, intimate, funny, and closely observed songs (among them the lively Top 40 hit ‘Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard‘). Personally, I think it’s a crime that ‘Armistice Day‘ has never appeared on any of Paul’s Greatest Hits compilations.
It was miles removed from the big, stately ballad style of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water‘ and signaled that Simon was a versatile songwriter as well as an expressive singer with a much broader range of musical interests than he had previously demonstrated. Likewise, you didn’t miss ‘ol Art here either, not only because Simon didn’t write Garfunkel-like showcases for himself, but because the songs he did write showed off his own, more varied musical strengths.
Tomorrow’s plan calls for an early open water swim and then preparations need to be made for the weekends big festivities: namely, Saturday’s long 180k simulation ride and brick run and then Sunday’s last long run (and possible double run).
Just three more days to go…