What occurs when Paul Simon, broadly thought-about one of many best songwriters in music historical past, and Malcolm Gladwell, the best-selling writer, sit down collectively, with a tape recorder and a guitar? Miracle and Surprise: Conversations with Paul Simon is an element memoir, half investigation, and in contrast to any artistic portrait you’ve ever heard earlier than. Recorded over a collection of 30 hours of dialog between Simon, Gladwell, and Gladwell’s oldest good friend and co-writer, journalist and Damaged File podcast co-host Bruce Headlam, the dialog flows from Simon’s music, to his childhood in Queens, NY, to his frequent collaborators together with Artwork Garfunkel and the character of creativity itself. Gladwell and Headlam traveled from the mountains of Hawaii to Simon’s personal yard studio to file an artist they’ve idolized since childhood. Woven all through the audiobook is distinctive commentary about Simon’s songwriting alongside archival audio footage and never-before-heard stay studio variations and unique recordings of beloved hits together with “The Boxer”, “The Sound of Silence”, and “Graceland”. Between conversations, Gladwell deploys his signature mix of historic analysis and social science in an try to know how a boy from Nineteen Forties Queens conjured near-perfect songs over an unimaginable 65-year profession. Alongside the way in which, he gathers reflections on Simon’s specific genius from the likes of Sting, Herbie Hancock, Renee Fleming, Jeff Tweedy, Aaron Lindsey, and Roseanne Money.The result’s an intimate audio biography of one in all America’s hottest songwriters. Brimming with music and dialog, Miracle and Surprise is a window into Simon’s legendary profession, what it means to be alive as an artist, and the best way to create work that endures.
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