Saturday, December 8, 2012

No. 18 on The 2012 XMAS Countdown - The Power & The Glory & The Story of Christmas Day

Poetry and Life Always Make for Interesting Music

No other artist has interpreted as many genres of music with a more personal take than Paul Simon. Simon's ability to take musical influences as diverse as Folk, Rock, African and Brazilian and merge them into eclectic, unique  mixtures of rhythms and musical colorings, insures that we are never bored and always pleasantly surprised at the diversity and quality of this twelve time Grammy winner's work.
Today's Countdown tune is in the same spirit of so many Paul Simon songs. Inspired by a recording of a 1941 sermon by American Christian preacher and gospel singer, Reverend J.M. Gates, which is sampled behind the music and vocals, this tune brings a real and poetic look at our most important holiday. From his latest record, So Beautiful or So What, comes No. 18 on The 2012 XMAS Countdown - Getting Ready For Christmas Day by Paul Simon.
 And for those who are interested in such things, here is a Behind The Scenes Video Interview of Simon about the inspiration for and development of the music and video for today's Countdown tune.
So Get Ready!
D.L. Stafford


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