Posted on May 18, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I have been so inspired by Paul Simon for my entire creative life, and never more so than now, when he’s got a spectacular new album, So Beautiful or So What, for which he’s been touring around the country with the most incredible band I’ve ever seen onstage in my life.

So today, when I was trying out some new things in my studio (I finally upgraded GarageBand after five years), I decided to take a crack at one of Paul’s many masterpieces. It’s an honor to sing a song this beautiful. (This is one take with no fixes.)

American Tune
Music and lyric by Paul Simon (1973)
JRB: piano and vocals
Recorded live at Casa JRB, Los Angeles, CA, 5/18/11