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Paul Simon receive´s the Polar Music Prize

from Håkan , 2012-05-08

Paul Simon is this years recipient of the Polar Musik Prize. The price was created by the manager of ABBA, Stikkan Anderson, in 1989.

The jury´s motivation is as follows: ´The Polar Music Prize 2012 is awarded to Paul Simon. Nobody else is more deserving of the epithet of “world-class songwriter.” For five decades, Paul Simon has built bridges not only over troubled waters but over entire oceans by (re)joining the world’s continents with his music. With consummate skill, innovative arrangements and provocative lyrics that never fail to capture the currents of his age, Paul Simon has compiled a library of songs which will remain open to future generations.´

Amongst previous winners are Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, BB King, Björk, Ennio Morricone & Burt Bacharach. The price sum is one million Swedish kronor and it will be given at a ceremony in Stockholm the August 28. The Swedish king Carl XVI Gustaf will be the one who gives out the price.




Paul feat. vocals on Jerry Douglas CD

from Bodo , 2012-05-18

The Boxer and American Tune will be covered by Jerry Douglas on his new CD Traveller. On The Boxer also Paul joins in to share vocals.
CD will be out on June 26.

Jerry Douglas is well known to Paul Simon fans since he toured with Paul (opening act) and played the dobro live on The Boxer.

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Paul Simon to Give 2013 Ellmann Lectures

from Bodo , 2012-05-18

The University has announced Paul Simon of Simon and Garfunkel as the speaker for the 2013 Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature at Emory University from Feb. 10-12.

Simon will be giving three lectures at Emory with the possibility of a short concert being added as a fourth event.

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Pretty day: first release by Simon family

from Bodo , 2012-05-18

Paul Simon and wife Edie Brickell’s duet “Pretty Day” will be included in the Every Mother Counts 2012 compilation. The CD will be available at Starbucks May 1-29 and will benefit Every Mother Counts, an advocacy and mobilization campaign to increase education and support for global maternal mortality reduction.

This song might give an first few on how the first collaboration album by Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell might sound. Although it is not clear if that song will be included on a further release. Other sources just state it as a Edie Brickell song with Paul Simon background vocals.
Paul and Edie will eventually release a full album within the next one or two years, recording sessions already started in early 2012. The album might be a selection of children songs they played to their own kids. There is no info if these songs will be written by Paul and Edie or if these are cover versions of famous children songs.

As the song Pretty day is not available outside of the USA you can listen to it here now.