My intention with this thread, starting Sunday, January 8th is to discuss the music of Paul Simon. I will be going through all of Paul Simon's songs, one by one, day by day, including covers recorded by Paul , songs he recorded under different names, and of course, the entirety of Simon and Garfunkel's catalogue. I will trace his career from his early teeny pop days of Tom and Jerry, his Brill building doo-wop faze, his early "Jerry Landis" phase, his Simon & Garfunkel days and his days as one of the foremost American singer/songwriters. As always, I will also be rating songs on a 1-5 scale, 5 being the best. I like doing this simply because, a) for some reason it helps me to focus my mind critically when I'm listening and b) although individual users' ratings mean nothing, collectively, when averaged, they are an interesting statistic. And I like to make playlists from the more highly-rated songs! Having said that one does not have to rate songs to participate in the thread. The main thing is to discuss ,celebrate and tear apart the music of Paul Simon, song-by-song, and to have fun with the music of this incredible songwriter with other fans. I do not plan on holding up unreleased/bootleg songs for rating (if there are any); that does not mean that they cannot be discussed or referenced in their appropriate era by those who know about them; it only means that I won't make a separate entry for them. Ditto for side projects, where Paul may have contributed guitar or backing vocals: they will not be held up separately. Only songs that were written and/or performed by Paul Simon. For clarity's sake, I plan I plan to go through the thread in this order. Paul Simon's early days are associated with a number of acts most of them pseudonymous. So I've decided to divide them into phases by artist Tom & Jerry/True Taylor The Mystics Tico & The Triumphs Jerry Landis After that I plan to go over the songs of the following albums, in this order: Wednesday Morning 3.A.M. (The Paul Simon Songbook)* Sounds Of Silence Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme Bookends Bridge Over Troubled Water Paul Simon There Goes Rhymin' Simon Still Crazy After All These Years One Trick Pony Hearts And Bones Graceland The Rhythm of the Saints Songs from The Capeman You're The One Surprise So Beautiful or So What STranger To Stranger (In the Blue Light)* *albums contain songs released on other albums: I will hold up songs only once, so the versions on these albums will be held up in conjuction with their songs on other albums. Any live albums will be included in one day only discussions. Bonus tracks, non-album singles, B-sides, officially released outtakes and other rarities will be discussed after the album they are associated with -- see any of my other song-by-song threads for a template. Bootleg songs will not be held up for rating, but may be discussed where appropriate.