That was Rhymin' Simon that was...
So there I was finishing a wee 500 words on the delights of Paul Simon for Radio Times, when they call again (and when I say 'they' I mean the very lovely Alexis) and wonder whether I could make it 900 and interview the man himself. And could it be now please? Well I mean to say. I said yes because I've always loved his work but bang goes the prep time! I suddenly became the 15 year old at the London Palladium in 1975 (5 pounds of my own money) waving rather ludicrously at Mr Simon waiting in the wings. And he waved back! Now here I was waiting for him to call me. Well well. After a few gushing questions from me, I think it all went rather well and will be cobbling together (surely lovingly assemble?Ed) as soon as I finish here.
I have 'lived with' the album 'So Beautiful Or So What' for a few weeks now. I wasn't sure to start with. Beautifully played, with some wonderful rhythms and sounds, I couldn't get the melodies to stick. But it is worth sticking with and repays your loyalty. It reminds me most of 'Hearts and Bones' and all is well with the world.
Stuart Maconie is on Drivetime today, a show he has graced many a time. Today he brings with him 'Hope and Glory' his latest book. His colleague Mark Radcliffe's last tome took one song from each decade of his life and used it to write a lovely memoir: Stuart takes one event in each decade of the 20th century-the death of Queen Victoria, "Live Aid", the end of New Labour-and uses them to look at 'modern Britain'. Stuart is always an interesting chap, he's on from 6.
And tune-wise, we should then do songs of HOPE AND GLORY. You could do one over the other or both, whichever you fancy.
Have a gently reassuring and optimistic Wednesday, see you after 5.