In April 2018, John Prine released his first album of new, original compositions in 13 years, The Tree of Forgiveness. It is an elegant, insightful album that revels in the bountiful simplicity of daily life, the grandeur of the ordinary, and gratitude for surviving some pretty dark times.
John Prine (photo by Danny Clinch from johnprine.com)
As fate would have it, Villagers' Conor O'Brien's new album, The Art of Pretending to Swim, comes out the very week that Paul Simon plays his final live shows before retiring from touring. O'Brien, who deeply admires Simon and saw the "Homeward Bound - The Farewell Tour" in Amsterdam, writes about his "Five Essential Paul Simon Songs" for FUV.
Villagers' Conor O'Brien (photo courtesy of Big Hassle, PR)
As Paul Simon wraps up his 2018 "Homeward Bound — The Farewell Tour" with his three last live concerts ever at New York's Madison Square Garden on September 20 and 21 and Flushing Meadows Corona Park on September 22, and releases a new album too, FUV salutes this hometown Essentials songwriting hero again.
Paul Simon (photo courtesy of FUV host archives)
For the last four Thursdays of the summer of 2018, it's #FUVTBT Throwback Thursdays. WFUV is rewinding decades, back to 1998, 1988, 1978, and 1968 — dipping back for day-long flashbacks with songs of that particular year and personal perspectives from FUV's DJs. For 1978, FUV's Paul Cavalconte, host of "Cavalcade," goes back forty years to a high school summer when Debbie Harry, Donna Summer, and the Ramones were on the radio and made New Yorkers dance, rock, and rave.
1978 (collage compiled by Laura Fedele, WFUV)
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In this Jan. 28, 1972 file photo, vocalist Aretha Franklin sings a few notes into microphone. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit. She was 76. (AP Photo)