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SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT: You Can Call Me Al

Each Saturday, Jason spotlights one person, product, service, or work of art he finds particularly amazing; the kinds of things that make you wonder, “Why doesn’t everyone have this?” (Read more atwww. jasonrpeters.com.)

Today’s spotlight falls on one of my favorite songs of all time; it was featured at my wedding, and is guaranteed to force my wife and I to dance in whatever confined space is available to us at the moment; most recently, the front seats of our sedan.

More amazingly, I can’t honestly say that I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t like “You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon.

The song proves Simon’s pure artistry just in the layering of the opening lines:

The brass hook leaping forward promptly at 0:00 prepares you for music that moves. The bass line introduced at ~0:03 immediately delivers on that promise, quickly followed with snazzy percussion. Each layer is catchy on its own; together they synergize deliciously. Read More →