Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Making of So Beautiful or So What by Paul Simon

The following comes from the Christian Post:

Paul Simon’s last album was entitled Surprise, but it’s his newest album that is quite surprising.
It’s all about God, Jesus, angels, and the afterlife. And the album cover looks like a multi-colored DNA helix, causing speculation that this album is really about a search for the meaning of life.

The lyrics of the album’s first cut, "Getting Ready for Christmas Day," are taken directly from a 1941 sermon by famed Atlanta preacher Rev. J.M. Gates.

“I took a big chunk of this guy’s sermon, which was recorded in 1941,” said singer/Songwriter Simon. “It was like it was meant to be there.”

The catchy, African-inspired and bluesy rhythm of that first track underscores the chorus:

Getting ready for the power and the glory and the story of the Christmas Day.

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