I’ve been listening to Paul Simon’s 1980 album One Trick Pony at work. It’s quiet, melodic, beautiful and typically clever. It’s also more conducive to systems development than I thought.
AllMusic’s William Ruhlmann dismissed the album as a “disappointment in both artistic and commercial terms” and being lyrically “not up to his usual standard”. I would disagree, with just a few examples.
From “How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns”:
After the rain on the interstate
Headlights slide past the moon
From “Oh, Marion”:
The more I get to thinking;
The less I tend to laugh.
The boy’s got a brain;
He just abstains.
The boy’s got a voice;
But his words don’t connect to his eyes.
From “God Bless the Absentee”:
This country’s changed so fast.
The future is the present;
The present’s in the past.
The highways are in litigation;
The airports disagree.
And the eponymous song, having viewed that One Trick Pony:
He makes me think about
All of these extra movements I make
And all of this herky-jerky motion
And the bag of tricks it takes
To get me through my working day