ASW meets Harper Simon via 5 Minutes with Franny

Written by Frances Tulk-Hart

GettyHarper1I met Harper about a year ago at a small dinner I was at in New York.  He had this endearing vulnerability about him, coupled with a little bit of nerd and a whole lot of marvelous eccentricity! He made for a very fun dinner guest and we have since remained friends. The son of Paul Simon, Harper has been making waves in his own right for years now. His first self-titled solo album was a hit, with some of the songs being used in the TV show “Girls”.  This year he completed his second album “Division Street”.  I met up with Harper when he popped over to NYC before embarking on a world wide tour to promote his new album.

Who is Harper Simon?
A continuum of mood swings.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to play guitar in a rock n roll band. But I didn’t really understand what it meant.

How did you get to be where you are?
I did everything wrong. I made terrible mistakes and bad judgements. I made bad work and I hurt myself and other people. Then I slowly began to get a little clarity.

If you could go back in time and give your 16 year old self some advice what would it be?
Cut your hair and stop thinking you know everything.

If the cupboard in your bedroom would lead you to another world what would your Narnia look like?
I’m not sure what it would look like but it would feel like love and acceptance.

By day you are a singer song writer, by night you are………?
I’m trying up develop a television show about art.

What was one of your favorite past projects?
Playing with Carl Perkins in Sun Studios in Memphis was the first thing that came to mind. I wouldn’t want to hear my contribution to that album at this point though. I would be embarrassed.

What are you working on now and what do you dream of happening in the future?
I’m touring my new album Division Street at the moment. I suppose I’d like to get more independent records and some film and television projects into production. Maybe even try to make some money. And figure out ways to be of service.

For more 5 minutes with Franny and to read the full interview, go here.

About Frances Tulk-Hart:“Over the the course of my 14 years of living in New York  I have had the opportunity to meet some of the most inspiring talented people from all walks of life….. 5 minutes with Franny gives you a quick peek into the world, lives and imaginations of some of these people, …”

 

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