The song's origins lie in a late-night party attended by the duo and friends. They recorded it for fun utilizing a Sony tape recorder and employing reverberation. In doing so, they were able to synchronize their live rhythm with the reverberating sound on the recording. A friend grabbed a guitar, strumming and punctuating the rhythm with "aahs". Simon later found himself coming back to the tape and its infectious quality.
While listening to the recording, he composed the song's guitar line. He and producer Roy Halee made a loop of this section, which was not an easy task before the advent of digital recording. In addition, Simon played random notes on a xylophoneas those elements would be compressed in the Free Time - Gamma Ray - Heading For Tomorrow version to where it would not be audible whether or not they were correctly played.
The lyric "making love in the afternoon" was among Simon's most explicit at the time. The man told Simon that soldiers heard the song and found it a sign of the country's changing mores. InStephen Colbert facetiously asked Simon why the narrator of the song would need to get up and wash his face after making love. Simon has suggested that the "Cecilia" of the title refers to St.
Ceciliapatron saint of music in the Catholic tradition, and thus the song might refer to the frustration of fleeting inspiration in songwriting, the vagaries of musical fame or in a wider sense the absurdity of pop culture. Cecilia is mentioned in another Paul Simon song, "The Coast" from Cecilia - Harmony Grass - Cecilia / Mrs.
Richie album The Rhythm of the Saints : "A family of musicians took shelter for the night in the little harbor church of St. Columbia Records chairman Clive Davis instead pressed the duo to instead issue the title track as the lead single.
The song peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hotspending 13 weeks on the chart. The single did not chart in the UK, despite being released as the follow-up to Simon and Garfunkel's number 1 hit " Bridge over Troubled Water ", and most copies of the UK single misspelled the title as "Cecelia" on the label. It became his most successful single, reaching No. The song appears on his debut solo album The Lone Ranger.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Cecilia. Pop rock folk rock. Pop reggae fusion.
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