The neck of my Guitar

Paul Simon to perform for Autism

from Brandy , 2005-08-03

Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Simon to Perform ´One Night Only: A Concert for Autism Speaks´
Wednesday August 3, 12:09 pm ET
Tom Brokaw to Emcee Benefit Concert September 24 at Kodak Theater in Los Angeles

NEW YORK, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Simon will perform in ´One Night Only: A Concert for Autism Speaks´ September 24 at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, with NBC News´ Tom Brokaw serving as emcee. The concert is being held to raise money to research the causes of the autism epidemic and to raise awareness of this devastating childhood developmental disorder.

The nation´s fastest-growing serious developmental disorder, autism now affects 1 in 166 children in the United States, and a shocking 1 out of 104 boys. There are almost 1.5 million cases of autism in this country alone, with nearly 3 children being diagnosed every hour.

The Autism Speaks organization was launched earlier this year by Suzanne and Bob Wright, who have a grandson with autism. Bob Wright is the Vice Chairman and Executive Officer, GE Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, NBC Universal. Autism Speaks seeks to help find a cure for autism by raising the funds that will quicken the pace of research, raise public awareness of autism, and give hope to those who suffer from the disorder.

Said Mrs. Wright: ´When Jerry approached us about doing a benefit for Autism Speaks, we were of course thrilled. With Paul Simon and Tom Brokaw joining him, I know this will be a spectacular evening and will draw much needed attention to this devastating disorder.´

´I became aware of autism through some friends who are dealing with it and it is heartbreaking. I wanted to do something to help address this problem and decided to do a show to raise funds for research,´ said Seinfeld. ´I was very impressed with the great work of Autism Speaks. I am happy to join forces with them and Bob and Suzanne Wright to help raise awareness of this prevalent issue.´

Paul Simon´s efforts on behalf of children´s health causes are widely heralded. When approached by Jerry Seinfeld to participate in this event he was eager to help.

Ticket prices begin at $100.00 and will be available through Ticketmaster beginning August 15. For more information about sponsorship, group sales, and/or an ad in the commemorative book, please contact 310.996.1188.

Autism Speaks is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization devoted to educating the public about autism, facilitating and funding research, motivating private and governmental resources, and, ultimately, finding a cure for autism. For more information, please visit autismspeaks.org.

(found on Google.com/news)

Art Garfunkel Busted Again

from Brandy , 2005-08-30

WOODSTOCK, N.Y. (AP) - Singer Art Garfunkel, who pleaded guilty last year to pot possession in upstate New York, was charged again Sunday after a marijuana cigarette was allegedly found in the ashtray of his car, state police said.

The 63-year-old Garfunkel, who lives in Manhattan, was charged after being pulled over for failing to stop his vehicle at a stop sign, The Daily Freeman of Kingston reported Tuesday.

Upon approaching Garfunkel´s car, a trooper noticed a strong odour of marijuana and a subsequent search turned up a joint in the ashtray, the newspaper reported. He was issued a ticket and is due back in Woodstock Town Court on Sept. 22.

In January 2004, Garfunkel was charged with marijuana possession after state police stopped his limousine for speeding in the Ulster County town of Hurley, which is near Woodstock some 90 kilometres southwest of Albany. During that stop, police found a small amount of pot in Garfunkel´s jacket.

The next month, he pleaded guilty and paid $200 US in fines.

Garfunkel, who with Paul Simon made up the legendary duo Simon and Garfunkel, produced a string of hits in the 1960s, including The Sound of Silence, Mrs. Robinson, Old Friends and The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin´ Groovy).

(Taken from http://www.canoe.ca)

Herbie Hancock-
John Alagia

from Klausi , 2005-08-31

Part of an interview with John Alagia, producer, musician, in the paper ´MIX´ August 1th 2005:

How did you get to work with Herbie Hancock and Paul Simon last week?

´I worked with Art Garfunkel on a Paul Simon track about a year-and-a-half ago. It was going to be on Simon`s ´Hearts and Bones´, but Paul didn`t feel like it quite made it. Paul thought I did a good job on it and invited me up to his house to listen to his new material he was working on with Brian Eno. I really don`t know how I ended up on the Herbie session, but was secretly hoping that Paul had something to do with it. Ends up that I`ve worked with a few other artists who share Herbie`s manager, so I went over to meet him at his house and ended up spending hours and hours with him, just listening to music and talking. We talked about technology and music, and he is such a fine man.

The track we did is for Herbie`s record, and because he`s touring and such a busy man, he asked me if I would produce it. We had a concept, and we were working on the charts in the hotel the night before we went into the studio. Paul came in a day early and he had some ideas. I could hardly believe it: here I was playing Paul`s guitar part with him singing, and Herbie on piano, Pino Palladino on bass, Steve Jordan on a champagne kit, and Jamey Haddad and Cyro Battista on percussion. It was a great little group of folks to have in the studio at the same time. Paul was talking about how a musician making music is similar to a preacher who is giving a sermon. Those few days in the studio were a remarkable time for me.´-