You Can Call Me Al

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I read once that Paul Simon wrote this song about a party he attended where another guest mis-heard Paul's and Paul's wife's (Peggy) names as Al and Betty, and that's where the idea came from. That synopsis does such a disservice to this song, in my opinion. If it was just a humorous anecdote about names mispoken at a party, I think it'd have been lost to the fog of memory years ago. It's so much more than that though, and thus has endured and will continue to endure for decades as a pillar of what pop music can be, commercially viable while maintaining a high level of artistic integrity. The lyrics are so gorgeous, ruminations on growing old, realizing that maybe the goals we've been striving for all our lives aren't as worthy as we once imagined, and the hope of a new beginning, maybe on a "street in a strange world"... I've tried to make the lyrics the star in this version of the song, Paul's arrangement is so dense and fun that it's easy to miss the depth and sincerity of the lyrics. Enjoy.

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from Paul Simon, released March 15, 2013

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Loren Radis San Luis Obispo, California

Loren Radis is 30-ish and married his best friend in 2010. He's thankful to have the opportunity to make music in his spare time. It's something he's always been passionate about and he tries to be as honest as possible in his songwriting. He hopes you hear something you like and thanks you for listening.

"a gifted and engaging songwriter" - Glen Starkey

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