Free shipping over $99 | Interest Free *no credit check* financing is available!

The Next Sounds: Paul Simon

by The Next Family April 30, 2011

By: Sierra Drucker

The Next Sounds by Sierra Drucker

In keeping with this month’s theme of religion on The Next Family, I bring you the impressive new gospel-tinged album from Mr. Sound of Silence himself, Paul Simon.

So Beautiful or So What was released by Hear Music on April 12th to rave reviews.  Elvis Costello proclaims “I believe that this remarkable, thoughtful, often joyful record deserves to be recognized as among Paul Simon’s very finest achievements.”


Have a listen to my favorite Afro-pop influenced track from the album, “The Afterlife.”

The songwriting on this album alone is astounding, comparable to Harry Nilsson. Simon is a storyteller and a poet. Add to that an incredibly fresh, clean production value, courtesy of Simon and legendary South African producer Phil Ramone (Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, and Carly Simon among many more). Simon allowed himself to be playful on this album, experimenting with instruments and lyrics, but always with a specific vision of sound.

The theme of God, however, came about by accident on this album. Simon only noticed this recurring motif after the songs were written. Not a religious man himself, this fixation on God took him by surprise, but he went with it to great result.

Here’s another gem, “Love Is Eternal Sacred Light.”

Like a fine wine, Simon’s writing and voice has become richer with age. At a brief 38 minutes, this album is an easy listen and an instant classic.

The post The Next Sounds: Paul Simon appeared first on The Next Family.

The Next Family
The Next Family


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Parenting

Modern Fitness For the Modern Parent

by The Next Family March 25, 2016


Originally published on The Seattle Lesbian

By Laura King

Life can get busy. With work, kids, family commitments, friends, chores, and the general chaos of everyday life, it can be near impossible at times to sit down for a cup of tea, let alone squeeze in an hour of exercise regularly. However, all things are possible if you set your mind to them. Those that prioritize their fitness nearly...

Continue Reading →

Estate Planning: The Basics For LGBT Families

by The Next Family March 25, 2016

With the passage of marriage equality last year, laws have been quickly changing across the United States. LGBT couples with or without children weren’t just given the right of marriage, they were provided new protections and benefits within their families. All of a sudden, LGBT couples and families had to figure out how to file jointly when it came to taxes, how to add...

Continue Reading →

Representation of Modern Families in Kid-Friendly Entertainment

by The Next Family March 24, 2016 1 Comment


By Alex Temblador

I recently wrote an article for The Next Family called, “Family-Friendly Films That Feature Adoption and Foster Care,” that shared wonderful family films with adoption or foster care story lines. My reasoning behind doing so was because every family deserves a chance to see similar families like theirs represented in various forms of entertainment.

The same can be said of other...

Continue Reading →