Paul Simon Tickets
Paul Simon is one of the greatest artists and songwriters of our time, a living legend in the genre-crossing between pop, rock and folk. His skills include singing, guitar playing and of course – composing and recording songs. He achieved initial success as a half of the Simon & Garfunkel duo, which started its creative path back in 1964. It is important to note that Simon was the author of most of the pair’s greatest hits: “The Sound of Silence”, “Mrs. Robinson”, “Bridge over Troubled Water” and others.
The Simon & Garfunkel duo broke up in 1970, at the top of their fame. Simon embarked long and successful solo career, releasing his most known and popular album “Graceland” in 1986. It was inspired by South African music. The album was embraced warmly by both critics and listeners. Simon wasn’t limited by the music world in his work, he also made appearances in the cinema, writing and starring in “One Trick Pony” from 1980. He also composed for Broadway musical – “The Capeman”, co-written with the poet Derek Walcott. His latest album “Stranger to Stranger” was released in June 2016 and reached 1st places in the Billboard and the UK charts.
Awards and titles
Simon was honored with a total of 16 Grammy awards for his work – in the duo and solo, including special awards for life achievements. He was presented in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame of in 2006, mentioned in the list of “100 most influential people” by the Time magazine. The Rolling Stone magazine listed him in the list of the best guitarists of all time in 2011 and in the list of best songwriters in 2015. Nowadays he’s also an honored recipient of Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and also holds a special award from Berkley Music College, as well as being a special board member of the institute.
Themes of the songs and songwriting
It’s worth mentioning that one of the main reasons Simon decided to take on a musical career was the high regard he had for his father, who also was a musician (first a violinist, later a successful basss-player). His father encouraged him to keep his interest in music, complimented his singing abilities and supported his first steps.
The main themes Simon addresses in his songs are the basic subjects we all find important and this is probably where the secret of his success is hidden: Family, Love, Religious issues, Social matters, god and spirituality. Simon describes his process of writing a song – the music always comes first, the text appears as a wrapping for the melody and sound, later being shaped into a specific idea represented with rhymes, in a fascinating process where each word falls to its place.
Paul Simon these days
Paul Simon in 75 years old now, he still enjoys creating music and cooperating with young electronic music artists (in his last album – “Stranger to Stranger”). These days he considers retiring, but half-heartedly, as if playing with the idea of what will happen if he’d let go of the world. The last time he was on tour was in 2014, when he gave 21 shows in North America alongside Sting.