It was just magic! He started with "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" and "Still Crazy," moving on to "Kodachrome" and "Hearts and Bones."
This little man with a little voice who knows how to use it... Paul Simon is 73 years old, and he can still blow you away.
Backed by this amazing multi-talented eight man band... all of whom played four to five instruments each during the near two hour set. They were crazy! Rolling through Elvis Presely and Chet Atkins covers, as well as a truly intimate George Harrison piece. There was African chanting and zydeco and Southern Gospel... and of course... the songs I grew up on.
He played "Cecila" and "Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes," and "Late in the Evening" and "Me and Julio," and "Mother and Child Reunion," and I couldn't help but to stand and cheer and sing a long too.
The concert was to promote his new album, "So Beautiful. So What" which is lyrical and smooth and nostalgic ... but we came for the old stuff... as Simon called it, "The Old S&G." And he didn't disappoint with "Homeward Bound," and especially my favorite song, "The Boxer," which has always meant so much to me.
After about the third encore, my friend Paul and I rushed the stage with a couple of other goofy foreigners and before you knew it... everyone was dancing and screaming... He played, "Call me Al." It was just hilarious. I'm still buzzing about it hours later. I laughed the whole night. Bittersweet. Thoughtful. Nostalgic. Heartbreaking. Lyrical. A soundtrack for your life. What a sweet, sweet night of music. Thank you, Paul Simon.