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Dion Paul Simon New York Is My Home

New York Is My Home is a single from Dion and Paul Simon that will be released this coming Friday, November 13th.  The song is a love letter to New York City.  It was written by Dion and Scott Kempner (Scott and Dion were bandmates in The Little Kings back in the mid-1990s).

This is not the first time that Dion and Paul Simon have collaborated together on a song.  Back in 1989, Paul sang on Dion’s Written on the Subway Wall.  I’ve previously posted that video, which you can see by clicking here.  If you do watch that video, look carefully and you’ll also see Lou Reed and Joan Jett.

Allen Toussaint

I woke up to the sad news that Allen Toussaint died earlier today while on tour in Spain.  Allen was originally from New Orleans and was very much involved in that city’s music scene since the 1950s.  He spent much of his career writing and producing for others.  After Hurricaine Katrina in 2005, Allen ended up spending much of his time in New York City.  You could very often catch him at Joe’s Pub.  Here’s a photo of him I took at Celebrate Brooklyn back in 2010.  For a more complete obituary of Allen, check out this one from New Orleans TV station WWL.

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