The Library of Congress has instituted a new award.
Named for the brothers Gershwin (Ira and George):
The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song will honor either a songwriter, interpreter, or singer/songwriter whose career reflects lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of artistic expression and cultural understanding.
Paul Simon is the first recipient of the Gershwin Prize; he'll be honored onstage at Warner Theater in DC on May 23. It will be broadcast nationally on PBS on June 27.
Performers include Yolanda Adams, Marc Anthony, Shawn Colvin, Dixie Hummingbirds, Jerry Douglas, Art Garfunkel, Philip Glass, Alison Krauss, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Lyle Lovett, Stephen Marley, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder and Buckwheat Zydeco. Presenters include former poet laureate Billy Collins, Bob Costas, Charles Grodin and Lorne Michaels.
I have every album Simon released with Garfunkel, but I only have
one two of the solo albums. That's a mistake. I certainly know a lot of the music contained on them.
If you're going to start a new lifetime achievement award with the lofty goal of giving it to someone who has crossed cultural borders his entire career, I'd say Simon is a good choice. From El Condor Pasa to Graceland, he's done about every kind of world music there is.Posted by Linkmeister at May 19, 2007 12:56 PM | TrackBack