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Paul Simon: Words and Music

From million-selling hits with his legendary duo Simon and Garfunkel to solo albums like There Goes Rhymin’ Simon and Graceland, Paul Simon has enjoyed a long career as one of the most consistently brilliant songwriters of the last six decades. In this series of four Zoom lectures, Dr. Mike Daley tells the story of Paul Simon’s life and career, with expert insights and rare video and audio.

The lectures will be broadcast live on Zoom on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 Eastern time beginning on April 26. The link to the Zoom meeting is posted on the Event Page for the course, and will be emailed to you the morning of the lecture. The recordings of the lectures will be emailed to ticket holders the following day and are available indefinitely for streaming.

April 26, 7 pm: The Sound of Silence

Growing up together in Queens, New York, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel would find early success as Tom and Jerry, a rock and roll vocal harmony duo. While Art attended college, Paul got an education in the music industry as a Tin Pan Alley hopeful and wandering folk singer-songwriter. Simon and Garfunkel would sign with Columbia just as the folk boom was cooling and their first album was ignored. After producer Tom Wilson ingeniously overdubbed an electric rock band, Paul’s first great song “The Sound of Silence” was a #1 pop hit for Simon and Garfunkel.

May 3, 7 pm: Bridge Over Troubled Water

Their place in the pop music firmament now assured, Simon and Garfunkel turned out hit after hit, culminating in their timeless and Grammy-winning “Mrs. Robinson.” Paul Simon wrote all of their songs, and his pen was unerring in the last half of the sixties. “Scarborough Fair,” “Feelin’ Groovy,” “Homeward Bound” and “I Am A Rock” showed Paul’s gift for literate, empathetic lyrics and catchy melodies. As a songwriter, Paul was particularly innovative in the ways that he created new compositions out of older folk material from around the world. Chafing under the limitations of the duo format, Paul began to envision a solo career just as Art was trying to break into movie acting. By the time they recorded their final studio album Bridge Over Troubled Water, the duo was coming apart.

May 10, 7 pm: Still Crazy After All These Years

Paul Simon’s solo career got off to a strong start with the Latin-flavoured hit song “Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard” as Art Garfunkel’s solo career foundered. The peak of Paul’s 1970s solo career would come in 1975 with his #1 album Still Crazy After All These Years, featuring the hit single “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover.” Paul’s sophisticated, gentle soft rock found a home on ‘adult contemporary’ radio playlists from this point, but he would have a career slump late in the decade with the low-key Heart and Bones album and his lead actor role in the ignored 1980 film One Trick Pony. In career doldrums, Paul found inspiration in the music of South Africa.

May 17, 7 pm: Graceland

A 1981 reunion concert with Garfunkel in Central Park was attended by hundreds of thousands and led to a hit live album, but Paul Simon’s solo career was on shaky ground. After being given a cassette of South African township jive music, Paul became fascinated with the many styles of popular music in a country ruled by a white minority and riven by racial segregation in the form of apartheid. His decision to travel to South Africa and record with local musicians was controversial in light of a UN cultural boycott, but the album that resulted, Graceland, was a major success in 1986. Hits like “The Boy In The Bubble” and “You Can Call Me Al” were seamless fusions of Paul’s literate lyrics and the infectious sounds of township jive. In the following decade, Paul wrote an unsuccessful Broadway show, The Capeman, and continued to experiment with world music fusions with The Rhythm of the Saints. He has continued to release strong-selling albums, though at a lower profile, while touring extensively and collecting accolades like the inaugural Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress. At 80, Paul Simon’s position in the upper echelon of pop songwriters is assured.

Willie, Johnny and Roy

This three-lecture Zoom course celebrates the lives and music of three of the greatest singer-songwriters of the last century - Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison. All three had southern roots, and they all left their mark on popular music with their distinctive songs and voices. With expert insight and rare video and audio, Dr. Mike Daley tells the story of these three greats and how their music evolved against the background of their lives and times.

The lectures will be broadcast live on Zoom on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 Eastern time beginning on May 24. The link to the Zoom meeting is posted on the Event Page for the course, and will be emailed to you the morning of the lecture. The recordings of the lectures will be emailed to ticket holders the following day and are available indefinitely for streaming.

May 24: Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson was born to be a songwriter. He wrote his first song at age seven and worked as a disc jockey and tree trimmer before signing a music publishing contract in 1960 and moving from Texas to Nashville. He would successfully place his songs with artists like Ray Price and Patsy Cline, and recorded his own first album in 1962. It was not until ten years later that his albums Shotgun Willie and Red Headed Stranger built his fan base as an artist in his own right. Since then, he has become a legendary figure - a perennial concert draw, occasional actor and pop culture hero.

May 31: Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash began playing guitar and singing in the U.S. Air Force, writing songs like “Folsom Prison Blues” that would define his early sound on Sun Records with the Tennessee Two. He would become as famous for his rebellious attitude as his deep voice and indelible songs. After Cash married country music scion June Carter, the two would perform often as a duo, but his career would decline in the 1970s and 1980s. A collaboration with producer Rick Rubin would result in Cash’s ‘American Recordings’ series of albums, renewed fame with a younger audience and a career upswing before his death in 2003.

June 7: Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison from Wink, Texas was singing country music when rock and roll swept through the culture, bringing him to Sun Records for his first recordings. His hits for Monument Records, including “Pretty Woman” and “Crying” would cement Orbison’s status as an influential rock 'n' roll pioneer. A series of tragedies would lead to a period of obscurity, but he would make a dramatic comeback with the Travelling Wilburys and an acclaimed final album just before his death at the age of fifty-two.

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