Each week, I share my playlist that accompanies my yoga practice and the themes I’m trying to invoke with it.
I’ve seen Paul Simon perform live twice in my life. The first time, I saw him perform with Art Garfunkel. Musically, it was a beautiful show, but Paul looked absolutely miserable. The only time he seemed alive was when he started playing the guitar on Mrs. Robinson, but the rest of the time was just full of cold stares forward, barely acknowledging Art.
The second time was this last weekend in Las Vegas. It was like seeing a completely different Paul. He was just so at ease and full of pure joy, and that radiated throughout all of his performances. Musically, it was one of the most incredible live shows I’ve ever seen. He and his band played several tunes from Rhythm of the Saints, including an orchestral version of Can’t Run But which was intense, musically complicated, and unlike any musical piece I’d ever heard before.
During and after the second show, I thought a lot about how Paul Simon was doing the same thing in both shows – playing music for an audience – yet it was as if he was two completely different people because of his surroundings. What’s affecting who we are and how we present ourselves to others?