Paul Simon

  • Aired:  12/16/10
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Paul Simon talks about how he sampled a sermon from 1941 for his first Christmas song. (2:59)

EVERYBODY.

MY NEXT GUEST IS A MUSIC LEGEND

WHO HAS WRITTEN A NEW CHRISTMAS

SONG.

I CAN'T WAIT THE FIND OUT HOW

GRANDMA GETS RUN OVER THIS TIME.

PLEASE WELCOME MR. PAUL SIMON.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

HEY, PAUL, GOOD TO SEE YOU

AGAIN.

>> YOU TOO.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT, SIR.

WELL, NICE TO HAVE YOU BACK.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> THANK YOU.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

>> Stephen: I AM SUPER EXCITED

THAT YOU... HAVE YOU EVER DONE A

CHRISTMAS SONG BEFORE?

>> NO.

>> Stephen: IS THIS YOUR WAY

OF LETTING PEOPLE KNOW YOU'VE

ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR LORD

AND SAVIOR?

>> THAT'S TO BE REVEALED

LATERMENT.

>> Stephen: BECAUSE I HAVE A

BUCKET OF WATER OVER.

THERE I'M READY TO MAKE THIS

OFFICIAL.

( LAUGHTER ) LET'S TALK ABOUT

THE SUBJECT AT HAND.

YOUR NEW CHRISTMAS SONG, I

LOOKED A AT SOME OF THE LYRICS.

IT SAYS, "I GOT A NEPHEW IN

IRAQ, IT'S HIS THIRD TIME BACK,

BUT IT'S ENDING UP THE WAY IT

BEGAN WITH A TURKEY DINNER IN

THE MOUNTAINTOP IN PAKISTAN."

THAT'S NOT EXACTLY "CHESTNUTS

ROASTING ON AN OPEN FIRE."

>> WELL, THE SONG IS CALLED

"GETTING READY FOR CHRISTMAS

DAY."

THE TITLE COMES FROM A SERMON

THAT WAS WRITTEN IN 141 BY A

REVEREND JM GATES.

I JUST ENJOYED THAT PARTICULAR

SERMON, AND THEN I WAS IN THE

STUDIO, AND I WAS MAKING A...

JUST WITH MUSICIAN, IMPROVISING

A TRACK, A COMPOSITION.

AND WHEN IT WAS OVER, I SAID,

LET'S SEE WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU

PUT THAT SERMON ON TOP OF IT.

AND THE SERMON FIT RHYTHMICALLY.

>> Stephen: THE ACTUAL SERMON?

>> YES.

>> Stephen: SO YOU SAMPLED.

>> YES, IT'S A SAMPLE.

>> Stephen: SO YOU SAMPLED.

YOU DROPPED SOMEONE ELSE'S BEAT?

>> WELL, NOT THAT KIND OF

SAMPLE, BUT I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT

YOU MEAN.

MOST SAMPLES...

>> Stephen: GOOD.

NOT MANY OF MY GUESTS DO.

SO YOU SAMPLE THIS GUY.

YOU SAMPLED THIS GUY.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: AND THAT WAS AN

INSPIRATION FOR YOU?

NOW, DID YOU HAVE THE LYRIC AT

THAT POINT?

>> NO, I HAD NOTHING EXCEPT THE

TITLE OF HIS SERMON, "GETTING

READY FOR CHRISTMAS DAY," WHICH

IS A VERY DARK VISION OF

CHRISTMAS.

AND, MINE...

>> Stephen: LIKE DARK VISION

OF CHRISTMAS LIKE WHAT, LIKE

TURKEY RETURNS?

>> WELL, GETTING READY.

EVERYBODY IS GETTING READY FOR

CHRISTMAS DAY, BUT YOU KNOW WHO

ELSE IS GETTING READY FOR

CHRISTMAS DAY IN THAT'S WHO IS

GETTING READY FOR YOU ON

CHRISTMAS DAY, THE POLICE,

THE...

>> Stephen: THE DEVIL.

>> YEAH.

( LAUGHTER )

>> Stephen: THE DEVIL IS READY

FOR YOU ON CHRISTMAS KAY.

LET'S GET TO THE GOOD STUFF.

WE'LL TA