My 53rd Favorite Song of All-Time

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…and my 53rd favorite song of all-time is:

“Call Me Al” by Paul Simon

I have no specific memory of my father and I enjoying this song together, but in my mind, this song was one of the first instances of my being aware that my father and I shared the same sense of humor.  The video, featuring Chevy Chase famously lip syncing and doing all kinds of crazy stuff, I know tickled both my father and I, and the lyrics, seemingly nonsensical, certainly hit both of us in our funny bone sweet-spot.  I’ve continued to love it more and more as I get older, especially as I realize the verses seem to contain serious material, seemingly unconnected to the nonsense chorus…always leaving me to wonder how much is nonsense, and how much is the work of a genius, working far over our heads.

2 Responses to “My 53rd Favorite Song of All-Time”

  1. Kyle Sundgren Says:

    One of the best songs ever. Did you know the Betty and Al comes from Simon’s real life? He was at a big Hollywood party with his wife and the host of the party kept referring to the both of them as Betty and Al, despite being completely wrong.

  2. Great song Sethers!

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