Thursday, June 28, 2012

Songs of Summer, #9 - "Kodachrome" (1973)

The first phase of Paul Simon's solo career - from the release of "Paul Simon" in 1972 through "Still Crazy After All These Years" in 1975 - was so strong that you couldn't blame one for wondering why Simon had wasted all those years with Art Garfunkel.  Those two albums, plus "There Goes Rhymin' Simon" in the middle, were amazing pieces of work, and amazing in their musical diversity.

Lo and behold, each one of them included monster hit singles, all of which were really good.  Including Kodachrome, released in late May or early June of 1973, and being omnipresent on the airwaves for most of the summer - until another Simon song that we'll talk about in August succeeded it.

The memory I associate with this one is hearing it right before getting on a bus from Sacramento to Ensenada, Baja California for a YMCA Caravan trip.  That was one heck of a long bus ride, and for most of it, I couldn't get the song "Kodachrome" out of my mind.  Good thing it's such a good song.

"Kodachrome," Paul Simon, from the summer of 1973.


1 comment:

le0pard13 said...

Yeah, this one by PS was hard to get out of your head alright. Good pick.