Simon curated this set, which moves chronologically through his catalog, and features commercial landmarks alongside ambitious and often criminally underappreciated compositions. This structure makes the case that hit-single success is just one (often over-emphasized) measure; inevitably, with an artist who has contributed as much as Simon has, some of the “smaller” pieces get overlooked. And sometimes those lesser-known creations, like, say, the gentle and deceptively universal evocation “Train in the Distance,” are not simply stunningly beautiful, but often figure prominently in the overall evolution of an artist.
Paul Simon’s “Songwriter” hits stores October 24th! Pre-order your copy today!