is a selection of songs, chosen by the composer in celebration of his 70th Birthday, as the best of his decades-long creative output. Some of these are well-known hits and others more obscure works, but all bear the distinct lyrical, melodic and rhythmic signature of Paul Simon, one of the great composers of popular song in the last 50 years.
Selecting the individual songs for Songwriter
, from the hundreds he's written and recorded, presented Paul Simon an opportunity to reflect over the entirety of his career and showcase the individual songs best-exemplifying the high-points in his conversations with the muses, from his early work with Simon & Garfunkel through to his ruminations on the today's eternal now echoing across 2011's So Beautiful or So What
includes an emotionally resonant rendition of "The Sound of Silence," from Simon's 2011 concert at New York's Webster Hall which has been previously unreleased until now.