“My whole artistic life has always been about change, change, change, move on, move on. It’s the only thing I find interesting.” – Paul Simon
Earlier tonight I was listening to the raw recording of Paul Simon’s 1992 MTV Unplugged appearance. Compared to the concert captured on 1991’s Paul Simon’s Concert in Central Park, this is a much more intimate, fraught, and moving performance. His band stripped of electrical amplification, the comfort zone of their recent tour was removed. Also, Simon must have been aware that his longtime keyboardist, Richard Tee, was losing his battle with prostate cancer.
At any rate, it is a wonderful moment. Not all of the performance aired on MTV, so listening to the whole concert, warts and all, is revelatory. Unfortunately, the whole concert isn’t easy to find, but the stuff that made it onto the air is worth a watch and listen.
With that, here’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” from Paul Simon’s MTV Unplugged performance, featuring fantastic piano work from the late, great Richard “Stuffy” Tee. Enjoy!