Song of the Day #3,308: ‘American Tune (Live)’ – Paul Simon vs. Lucinda Williams

Our next Montauk Madness matchup pairs off a couple of celebrated veteran singer-songwriters, Paul Simon and Lucinda Williams.

Simon dispatched Elton John in Round One and had an even easier time knocking out Sting in Round Two, with 90% of the vote. Williams faced off against a couple of indie acts, topping Garbage in the first round and picking up 71% to defeat The Shins in Round Two. Continue reading

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Song of the Day #625: ‘American Tune’ – Paul Simon

Paul Simon’s second solo album, There Goes Rhymin’ Simon, was released a year after his first and featured some of his most enduring songs.

Album opener ‘Kodachrome,’ for example, is a lively concert staple which opens with the memorable line, “When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it’s a wonder I can think at all.” And the album’s final track, ‘Loves Me Like a Rock,’ is a bit of gospel among a bunch of mellow folk-pop.

‘St. Judy’s Comet’ is a gentle lullaby and ‘Something So Right’ is one of Simon’s finest songs, with its achingly perfect melody and bittersweet theme of romantic uncertainty.

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