I know I'm still off on a tangent here but I am finding this talk of Paul Simon, Dylan and Macca fascinating.
I have always loved PS, and as a musician/ writer myself, it's his songcraft I find mesmerising. I agree that he has gone off the boil a bit
of late, but then again, like PM, there are always good things on his albums- PS is a consummate craftsman, if now and then a tad precious.
Hurricane Eye, Darling Lorraine, Pigs, Sheep and Wolves are brilliant....
As for Dylan as compared to PM, it's oranges and lemons is it not? One is probably the finest rock/pop poet to grace the artform (ok, there's Lennon,
Cohen, Chuck Berry, even Macca, despite his bad press as a secondary lyricist, came up with Eleanor Rigby and Penny Lane) but Dylan has never been a great melodicist.
That's Macca's domain, and interestingly enough Mr P Simon is on record as saying that McCartney is, to him, the greatest tunesmith of them all-yeah, truly
the Mozart of his era, and boy will he be missed when, finally, he hopes you have enjoyed the show.....
So I stood with a knot in my stomach,
And I gazed at that terrible sight
Of two youngsters concealed in a barrel,
Sucking monkberry moon delight.