Last June, Charlie Rose interviewed Paul Simon on the occasion of his being awarded the first ever Gershwin Prize for Popular Song by the Library of Congress. In spite of Charlie Rose’s irritating interruptions, his bad habit of putting words in the mouth of his guests, and his glib appeal to the insufferable Christopher Hitchens, it was fascinating to hear Paul (who is, hands down, the best singer/songwriter who has ever lived) reflect for so long on the creative process of songwriting, which appears to have come full circle for him. The full interview runs for 47 minutes (with a montage of excerpts from a handful of songs at the beginning), and then Paul performs Slip Slidin’ Away at the end. Enjoy!
(To all those Bono-obsessed emergent types out there, clearly you have missed the boat. Paul Simon’s where it’s at! :-)