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Mapping out a Path

I’m much more judgmental these days. Finishing a song is more satisfying now because I’m grateful, whereas when I was 28, I expected it. Now if I find something to say, and I say it in a way that I think is artful and true, I’m relieved I wasn’t frustrated or stymied. When I was younger, I just said whatever I had to say. I ask myself now: Do I deeply believe that? Will anybody get it? Am I just talking to myself? You have to put that aside because it’s not very helpful. […]

I’m trying to be as honest as I can expressing myself musically and lyrically, editing out what might be considered obscure but not trying to oversimplify or be condescending. And then I have to let go, even if I don’t immediately understand the words. What I meant eventually reveals itself. You can be too familiar with the process, which I’ve been doing since I was 15. Sometimes, instead of manipulating the craft, you have to just be the vessel through which some sort of inspiration will flow. With this record, it took me a while to map out a path.

— Paul Simon 1)Edna Gundersen, June 19th, 2006, Simon says new album is truly a ‘Surprise’.

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1. Edna Gundersen, June 19th, 2006, Simon says new album is truly a ‘Surprise’.

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