The latest entry in my 30 Day Song Challenge weekly project.
Song Challenge Week 19 — A Song From Your Favorite Album
“You Can Call Me Al,” Paul Simon
I’m sure I’ve written about it here before, but I don’t do favorites.
What’s my favorite color? Well, am I wanting to color grass or the sky? What’s my favorite ice cream? What do you have I haven’t tried yet?
But my favorite album? If I were answering that from scratch today, I’d probably take that same sort of attitude. But I’m not, because I locked this one in before I became so hipster.
Back in high school, Paul Simon’s Graceland became my favorite album, and it’s remained such ever since. The impressive part, for me, is that it’s remained so not purely because it was locked in, but because I’ve enjoyed it more and differently as I’ve aged. My love for different songs has ebbed and flowed as the years have passed.
Some of that’s been for literal reasons — I’d never been to the Mississippi Delta the first time I heard about it shining like a National guitar, but went on to spend years there, nor had I stood on a corner in Lafayette, state of Louisiana the first time I heard the song, years before I was engaged to a girl from there.
Some of it’s been a little more general; the themes of aging and relationships and the world we live in speak to me differently as I get further into my life.
Almost twenty years later, these are still days of miracle and wonder.