Paul Simon helps open the Beacon Theater last Friday

By all accounts it was a stellar show from Paul Simon, who was joined by partner in crime Art Garfunkel for a few songs.  The knocked off “The Sound of Silence,” “The Boxer” and “Old Friends.”

Simon played an eclectic two-set show, drawing equally from classics such as “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” “Slip Slidin’ Away” and “Graceland” as he did songs from his ill-fated Broadway musical “The Capeman” and newer material such as “Father and Daughter” and “Amulet,” a collaboration with Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza.

Also featured were off-the-beaten-path cuts such as “Duncan,” which hearkened back to Simon’s folk roots, “Train in the Distance,” from the critically maligned 1983 album “Hearts & Bones,” and “Loves Me Like a Rock,” a 1973 precursor to Simon’s future dabbling in African music.

You know?  I’ve never been the biggest Paul Simon fan, but I’d be lying if I said this doesn’t give me chills.  There’s something magnetic about the on-again-off-again relationship between Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, ya know?  It’s like they’re meant to be together and just don’t know how and every few years the planets align and we’re graced by something this magnanimous. The music of Paul Simon, and Art Garfunkel for that matter, transcends age.  He’s one of the few musicians that everyone knows all the words to, that would make moms and dads and sisters and brothers drunkenly sway together at weddings, provide cross country road trip soundtracks, and have people singing at the top of their lungs at a New York city concert.

The Boxer (with Art Garfunkel)

Me and Julio

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