Harper Simon is, if you couldn’t tell at first listen, the son of one of my favorite artists of all time: Paul Simon. His music is folksy and sweet, with guitar picking that carries me to a faraway land full of butterflies carrying sweet messages and bumble bees that only serve to help the flowers multiply. It’s funny, though, because if you listen closely to the lyrics of this song, they don’t at all match the tone of the music. But perhaps that’s the genius of it all: everybody seems to be so happy-go-lucky, but in the midst of destined successes, there are those who are doubtful of themselves and who don’t have the world at their fingertips. But life goes on, the world keeps moving; it can’t stand still for everybody. “There are more wishes than stars.”
I have claimed a star today to wish a very devoted fan of Sunset in the Rearview a happy birthday. Bryan, I apologize for the somewhat downer lyrics, but I couldn’t pass on such a beautiful song. Bryan is a big fan of Lissie, and Harper Simon’s music reminds me a lot of Lissie’s. Acoustic and folksy, simple and sweet. Thank you again, Bryan, for coming back day after day to check the new music at Sunset in the Rearview and always submitting your name for contests, emailing, commenting on the Facebook Page…you’ve done it all. I wish you the happiest of birthdays today.
[Shoutout to Kickin’ the Peanuts for the MP3]