Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Paul Simon makes inspiration blossom...

Sometimes inspiration bears fruit in extraordinary ways! At Paul Simon's recent Toronto concert on May 7th a fan, Rayna Ford, who'd travelled all the way from Newfoundland, shouted out a request for the song 'Duncan' adding that it had inspired her to learn guitar. What follows is one of those special moments that you'd really wish you'd been there to be part of. Regardless, this bit of footage captures the joy and tears all round, especially during the verse:
Oh, oh, what a night
Oh, what a garden of delight
Even now that sweet memory lingers
I was playing my guitar
Lying underneath the stars
Just thanking the Lord
For my fingers,
For my fingers
Fuller story here on NPR Music

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Philip Ritchie said...

Love it!

Blue Eyed Ennis said...

Sheer joy - I was smiling through the whole thing. Wonderful.

Revsimmy said...

Wonderful! What an opportunity.

Anonymous said...

I got really "wet-eyed" while I was watching this. Interesting that I found it so moving? Why do you think that is?


Unknown said...

I started to learn keyboards after going to an After The Fire gig! Oh well, worth a try I guess.

Peter Banks said...

Many thanks everyone!

See you at the next gig then Richard?! Which song are you going to request...?

Best, PB