I pressed play on my Ipod and this is what I heard….Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard By Paul Simon
Those of you who have been following me for awhile now know that last year at this time (more or less) we moved to Queens after years in Manhattan. I have touched on this in a few posts already, but when I am playing Photo Shuffle, I have to follow the rules, so this change to our lives is coming up again. Not that it is a problem at all. This song, and the artistry of Paul Simon are far from being a chore to write about. Paul Simon needs no introduction of course, be it as a solo artist or as one half of Simon & Garfunkel. As a songwriter he is right up there with the best of them. I have always loved the ‘pictures’ he paints with his songs. Little stories and vignettes that though they are not bound to the New York zeitgeist, certainly feel like an integral part of them. It may have only been an afterthought as a lyric, but his song Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard will be forever linked not only with the neighborhood of Corona, but of Queens itself.
Depending on the map, and depending on who you ask (opinions strongly differ) we either live in Astoria or Long Island City, Queens. So not a Paul Simon neighborhood (he is from Forest Hills) but an integral part of the pulse in this borough regardless. To be honest, I had kind of a snobs attitude to Queens for much of my life. Though we moved from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn when I was young, I always figured that Brooklyn would wind up being my life someday. I was born there and work there currently after all. Continue reading “Photo Shuffle-The Queens Curve”