Paul Simon On Songwriting And 'Surprise'

Songs from 'Surprise'

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  • Artist: Paul Simon
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Released: 2008
 
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  • "Wartime Prayers"
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  • Artist: Paul Simon
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Bonus Interview

Listen: Simon talks about working for months on building a song with Eno; hear 'Sure Don't Feel Like Love'

Paul Simon says some people describe his songwriting process as being "backward." He often comes up with the musical accompaniment, he says, and only then finds a melody and writes lyrics. That process was at work with some of the songs on his new release, Surprise, which is a collaboration with electronic-music pioneer Brian Eno.

Paul Simon collaborated with producer Brian Eno on his latest album, 'Surprise.' i i

hide captionPaul Simon's new album is Surprise, a collaboration with producer Brian Eno.

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Paul Simon collaborated with producer Brian Eno on his latest album, 'Surprise.'

Paul Simon's new album is Surprise, a collaboration with producer Brian Eno.

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The legendary singer-songwriter talks to Melissa Block about working with Eno — who has produced albums by the Talking Heads and U2 and is known as the father of ambient music. Simon offers insights into how he creates his songs, drawing on music of previous decades and literary influences. He also discusses how the events of Sept. 11 and celebrating his 60th birthday have affected his creative process.

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  • Album: Surprise
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