Released today (September 7th) is Paul Simon's latest studio album, In The Blue Light. The collection features new recordings of songs from his back solo catalogue, which was produced by Simon and legendary Simon & Garfunkel co-producer Roy Halee, and takes its title from the opening line of Simon's 1980 song “How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns.” High profile musicians on the set include jazz icons Wynton Marsalis, Bill Frisell, Steve Gadd and Jack DeJohnette, as well as New York-based modern chamber sextet yMusic, which is currently on the road with Simon and his band.
Simon said in a statement officially announcing the project: “This album consists of songs that I thought were almost right, or were odd enough to be overlooked the first time around. Re-doing arrangements, harmonic structures, and lyrics that didn’t make their meaning clear, gave me time to clarify in my own head what I wanted to say, or realize what I was thinking and make it more easily understood.”
The tracklisting for In the Blue Light is: “One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor,” “Love,” “Can't Run But,” “How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns,” “Pigs, Sheep, And Wolves,” “Rene And Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War,” “The Teacher,” “Darling Lorraine,” “Some Folks' Lives Roll Easy,” “and “Questions For The Angels.”
Although Paul Simon calls on his life experiences for his material, he admitted that it sometimes it takes time to name and number whom he exactly is writing about: “Once I knew more about what I was writing, then I began to recognize the characters; 'Oh, that's this person in my life, that's this event, or this is somebody I know.' So in a sense the snapshot analogy is so. More like a movie than a snapshot, because they seem to be stories. Quite often the songs are stories.”