Thursday, October 13, 2011

Second Choice Thursday (Starring Paul Simon)

Today has turned into a bit of an IT disaster that has eaten up a large portion of my valuable time. Fortunately my IT guy is awesomeness on a cracker, but even he isn't geeky enough to whip out a TARDIS and give me back the last two hours of my life.

However, since I've never met him, I can
imagine he looks just like this.
The upshot is, I'm scrambling for a post today. My first choice would have been a third - yes, a THIRD - monkey art post. But that's not going to happen. Today.

Instead, since it's the 70th birthday of the magnificent Paul Simon, I'll pay tribute to him with a couple of video clips. And since today is just going that way, the first one will not be my all-time favorite skit he did on "Saturday Night Live." I can't find that sucker online anywhere. But here's my second all-time favorite skit he did on "Saturday Night Live."

And here's an amazing live version of one of my favorite songs, "Crazy Love, Vol. II":

Hey, do you think handsome young pop group Vampire Weekend ever heard that song?

I guess imitation is the sincerest form of Paul Simon suing their asses for ripping him off. Maybe writing an original song was their first choice, but their network connection went on the fritz. I understand, Vampire Weekend. It happens to all of us.

Finally, here's one more Paul Simon-related second choice. Last year he sang a lovely version of "American Tune" on "The Colbert Report." That clip seems to have been scrubbed from the Internet, including from Colbert's own website. So here's another lovely version.

And I'm going to stop there, before I have to start stooping to third choices. Happy Birthday, Paul Simon. Thank you for some of the most amazing words and lyrics I've ever heard. May you have many more creative years. P.S. You're my favorite member of Simon and Garfunkel. Art is my second choice (hee hee).

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