midweek music: “The Obvious Child”

Inspired by baseball writer Joe Sheehan mentioning that this is his favorite Paul Simon song, I present “The Obvious Child,” which is not my favorite, but definitely cracks my top ten of Simon tunes. I remember being blown away by the drums (by the African drum collective Grupo Cultural Olodum) when I first listened to The Rhythm of the Saints back in the fall of 1990. I was worried that Simon’s followup to Graceland wouldn’t live up to it (Graceland is one of the ten greatest rock and roll albums ever produced), but those drums made me a believer.

 

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