Paul Simon — Wise Old Man

 

Any decision he makes will be carefully considered.

In high school, a few of us smug types prided ourselves on knowing exactly how superior Dylan was to Simon and Garfunkle. I stayed hardcore on the first solo album and thought it was a fluke. But There Goes Rhymin’ Simon was irresistible. Part of growing up as a music fan was realizing you couldn’t quite predict who was going to grow up as an artist. Plus, Simon has outlasted them all and I’m glad his peers’ odious cashing-in oldies tours are getting the diss they deserve. He may not have changed the songwriting world the way Dylan did, but I’m betting now that he may loom as large in cultural history.

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