Monday, May 16, 2011

Paul Simon, Honorable Mensch

He's One of Our Boys: Bob Boilen, writing in NPR's blog All Songs Considered, captured Paul Simon and a Moment of Pure, Sobbing Joy, which you can view on YouTube here.
Paul Simon has brought joy to so many for so long, but on this night he made Rayna Ford's dream come true. During a show in Toronto on May 7, Rayna Ford, a fan from Newfoundland, called out for Simon to play "Duncan," and said something to the effect that she learned to play guitar on the song. In a moment of astonishment and disbelief, Paul Simon invited her on stage, handed her a guitar and asked her to play it for the crowd. When she strapped on the guitar, the audience went crazy. In a few strums, the band played along, tears ran down Rayna Ford's cheeks and Simon stood by her side in smiles.

Abq Jew calmly notes that this is not today's most important news by or affecting Jews  in the world.  But, to paraphrase the famous story about the starfish on the beach - "it made a difference to Rayna!" - so maybe it is.

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