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In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon

Joseph Serwach
Leadership Culture
7 min readJun 2, 2024

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Above: The poster for “In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon.” The MGM+ documentary is the best reason to subscribe to the new streaming service. It shows why Paul Simon is arguably the greatest singer/songwriter ever. The documentary shows him as he grapples with losing his hearing in his 80s as he makes one of his greatest albums while weaving in his whole life story in a way that shows how every year, from his first song in 1957 through 2023, builds the body of work flowing from today
Above: The poster for “In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon.” The MGM+ documentary is the best reason to subscribe to the new streaming service. It shows why Paul Simon is arguably the greatest singer/songwriter ever. The documentary shows him as he grapples with losing his hearing in his 80s as he makes one of his greatest albums while weaving in his whole life story in a way that shows how every year, from his first song in 1957 through 2023, builds the body of work flowing from today to memories of how life changed him and how Paul Simon changed the world—image courtesy of MGM+.

In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon is “must-see” TV, showing how a genius continues to create and overcome struggles for 82 years.

No other artist has a record this long: He recorded his first hit in 1957 (Hey School Girl and his latest (Seven Psalms) in May 2023. That’s 66 years.

“What I’ve learned is that when you find a thing that produces a feeling of peace or joy, try and hold onto it,” Simon explains. “It’s like bliss. That’s music for me.”

In Restless Dreams is now the best documentary ever made by Oscar-winning Director Alex Gibney. It tops all his past work because In Restless Dreams shows:

  • The mystical art of life. His wife Edie, 25 years his junior, was singing on Saturday Night Live in 1988 when she spotted him staring at her: “He shocked me. It was like being awakened from a dream and pulled into another dream.” He says, “I never knew anyone like Edie: she’s very interested in the mystery of life.”
  • Simon is still struggling to overcome his greatest challenge. He nearly completely lost his hearing while producing his latest (and one of his greatest) albums ever (Gibney was invited to watch). Simon may never perform publicly again, but he’s made progress. Future performances…

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Joseph Serwach
Leadership Culture

Story + Identity = Mission. Leadership Culture, Journalism, Branding Education. Inspiration: Catholic, Polish. https://serwachjoe.medium.com/membership