Covid Island Discs
Day 90: You can call me Al, Paul Simon
So I remember going to see Paul Simon at the Sydney entertainment centre back in the 1980s. It was one of those concerts which was truly better than anything I could have expected. At the time his “Rhythm of the Saints” album had just been released so the hits from that dominated the play list along with African backing singers. However in the final encore he came back with just a single 12 string guitar and played a complete set of Simon and Garfunkel songs. It was truly delightful.
Interestingly I came to fully appreciate the lines in this song:
A man walks down the street. It’s a street in a strange world
Maybe it’s the Third World, maybe it’s his first time around
He doesn’t speak the language. He holds no currency
He is a foreign man.
He is surrounded by the sound, sound
Cattle in the marketplace, scatterings and orphanages
He looks around, around
when I first set foot in the Cameroon. As I exited the chaotic airport, I was relieved to see my escort waiting to meet me and whisk me away to a less hostile familiar environment; away from the dodgy money changers trying to “give you currency” at a premium price. Actually, it was worse than that. Many of them give you a wad of CFA which contain a whole pad of empty paper, cut to the size of paper francs in the middle of the supposed pile of dosh.
My Video Summary
If you click on the Playlist Video for Week 13 (top right of this page) you will be taken to a single video which allows you to play each song in this week's list one after the other. Alternatively, if you watch my own video summary below of this week's songs at the end of the video two playlist links will appear. The one on the left hand side will take you to the video playlist for this week while the one on the right will take you to a single video playlist that allows you to play the complete Covid Island Discs collection for all the currently completed weeks so far — well over 200 songs and counting!