It’s always fun for me to decide what music to play while entertaining guests…and it’s especially nice when someone compliments the choices. I felt like this particular list went over very well and created a perfect mood for dinner with friends.
(We listened to the full albums, but the playlist below is a song from each so you can get a taste!)
Paul Simon – Graceland
Norah Jones – Little Broken Hearts
Rodriguez – Searching for Sugar Man Soundtrack
Ryan Adams – Ashes and Fire
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – I Learned The Hard Way
Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey
Tonight I saw a wonderful documentary about Paul Simon’s album, Graceland and the concert he put on with the original recording band to celebrate it’s 25th anniversary. It discussed the controversy surrounding the recording of the album and the subsequent tour (during both, South African musicians were breaking the ANC’s cultural boycott during the apartheid).
While discussing all of this, the documentary really clearly spoke to the universal power of music, and by showing clips of the original recording sessions, it breathed a whole new life into Graceland. I feel like I’ll forever listen to the songs with new ears. A true must-see for any Paul Simon fan.
Under African Skies
The Tallest Man On Earth – “Graceland”
Man, Kristian Matsson never ceases to amaze me with his distinctive voice and quality of performance. I’m not sure how else to describe it… there’s that certain something about the way he sings a song… listen to his GORGEOUS cover of this classic Paul Simon tune and I think you’ll hear what I mean.
The Tallest Man On Earth