Paul Simon – Musician – United States – October 13, 1941
Paul Frederic Simon is an American musician, singer-songwriter and actor. Simon’s fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel. Simon wrote nearly all of the pair’s songs, including three that reached No. 1 on the U.S. singles charts: “The Sound of Silence”, “Mrs. Robinson”, and “Bridge over Troubled Water”. Simon has earned sixteen Grammys for his solo and collaborative work, including three for Album of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Anybody Can Do Bad Work, But Not Everybody Does Good Work.
I Try To Open Up My Heart As Much As I Can And Keep A Real Keen Eye Out That I Don't Get Sentimental. I Think We're All Afraid To Reveal Our Hearts. It's Not At All In Fashion.
Who Am I To Blow Against The Wind?
I Was Eating In A Chinese Restaurant Downtown. There Was A Dish Called Mother And Child Reunion. It's Chicken And Eggs. And I Said, I Gotta Use That One.
My Whole Artistic Life Has Always Been About Change, Change, Change, Move On, Move On. It's The Only Thing I Find Interesting.
We've Survived By Believing Our Life Is Going To Get Better.
Why Am I So Soft In The Middle When The Rest Of My Life Is So Hard?
Faith Is An Island In The Setting Sun, But Proof Is The Bottom Line For Everyone.
I Don't Believe What The Papers Are Saying They're Just Out To Capture My Dime, Exaggerating This, Exaggerating That.
I Think I Have A Superior Brain And An Inferior Stature, If You Really Want To Get Brutal About It.
I'm Not In It For The Money. I Like Music. I Love To Write Music. I Can't Imagine Myself Not Playing Or Singing Or Writing. It Would Just Drive Me Crazy If I Didn't.
Music Is Forever; Music Should Grow And Mature With You, Following You Right On Up Until You Die.
Without Arthur's Voice, I Never Would Have Enjoyed That Success.
Someone Told Me It's All Happening At The Zoo.
You Want To Be A Writer, Don't Know How Or When? Find A Quiet Place, Use A Humble Pen.
All Lies And Jests, Still A Man Hears What He Wants To Hear And Disregards The Rest.
People Often Called Us Perfectionists, But We Were Not Looking For Perfection. We Were Looking For Some Kind Of Magic In The Music.
When We Came Into The Studio I Became More And More Me, Making The Tracks And Choosing The Musicians, Partly Because A Great Deal Of The Time During Bridge, Artie Wasn't There.
We Were Always Able To Sing And Blend Well Together; That's Our Gift. But Aside From That, We're Really Two Different Guys.
It's Pointless To Be Critical Of Your Stuff Once It's Done. I Don't Spend A Lot Of Time Agonising Over It. It's Of No Importance Once It's Finished.
My Voice Is My Improvisational Instrument, The Melody Instrument. The Guitar Is Harmonic Structure. I'm Not A Good Enough Guitarist To Improvise On It.
I Don't Think That Simon And Garfunkel As A Live Act Compares To Simon And Garfunkel As A Studio Act.
I Don't Very Often Think I've Done A Good Job. I Don't Like The Majority Of What I Do. I Shouldn't Say I Don't Like It, But I'm Not Satisfied With Almost Everything That I Do.
I Rate Each Album As Better Than The Last One. That's How I See It.
I Don't Like Fashion. It's Very Heartless.
I Don't Consider Myself To Be A Major Talent, So The Only Solace I Can Take Is To Hope I'm Growing.
Having A Track Record To Live Up To And The History Of Successes Had Become A Hindrance. It Becomes Harder To Break Out Of What People Expect You To Do.
I Don't Feel Any Pressure From Fans. But I'm Always In Some Kind Of State Of Emotional Turmoil. I Would Not Describe Myself As Happy-go-lucky. That's Not To Say That I'm Not Happy.
Facts Can Be Turned Into Art If One Is Artful Enough.
I'm More Interested In What I Discover Than What I Invent.
The Thought That Life Could Be Better Is Woven Indelibly Into Our Hearts And Our Brains.
If You Can Get Humor And Seriousness At The Same Time, You've Created A Special Little Thing, And That's What I'm Looking For, Because If You Get Pompous, You Lose Everything.
Artie Travels All The Time. The Rehearsals Were Just Miserable. Artie And I Fought All The Time. He Didn't Want To Do The Show With My Band; He Just Wanted Me On Acoustic Guitar.
My Life So Common It Disappears And Sometimes Even Music Cannot Substitute For Tears.
We Just Did What We'd Done When We Were An Act In The '60s. But I Found It Impossible To Hold A Dialogue With 500,000 People. In A Certain Sense, It Was Numbing.
When I Was 15, I Made A Solo Record. It Made Artie Very Unhappy. He Looked Upon It As Something Of A Betrayal.
The Record Company Stay Out Of My Way. Whenever The Record Is Finished, They Take It.
We Got On American Bandstand, Where Kids Would Dance To A Record And Then Rate It. We Called Ourselves Tom And Jerry. I Was Jerry.
We Had Many More Points Of Agreement Than We Had Points Of Difference, But We Did Differ, And The Bigger We Got, The More Insistent We Got That Each One Of Us Should Have His Way.
It's A Big Error To Think That Because You Like Somebody's Work, You're Going To Like Him.
I Suppose An Artist Takes The Elements Of His Life And Rearranges Them And Then Has Them Perceived By Others As Though They Were The Elements Of Their Lives.
I Think Bridge Over Troubled Water Was A Very Good Song. Artie Sang It Beautifully. The Boxer Was A Really Nice Record. But I Don't Think I've Written Any Great Songs.
I Would Be Willing To Do Almost Anything To Make Art Happy. I Care About Our Friendship. The Only Thing I Won't Do Is Change The Essence Of My Work.
I Question What Emotion Manilow Touches. People Are Entertained By Him. But Are They Emotionally Moved? I Don't Believe Anything That Barry Manilow Sings.
I Lived In An Attached House. My Father Used To Drive Into The Wrong Driveway All The Time. He'd Say, Damn It, How Do You Tell One Of These Houses From Another?
Improvisation Is Too Good To Leave To Chance.
When I Began Making My Own Albums, The Songs Became Funkier. They Were More About The Streets.
There Must Be 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover.
Artie Is A Singer, And I'm A Writer And Player And A Singer. We Didn't Work Together On A Creative Level And Prepare The Songs. I Did That.
I Always Get Very Calm With Baseball.