From TheROCKradio.com, here is Art’s take on the joys of record-making in the pre-digital era:
“I was so wildly in love with the making of those things. If you think they were fun to buy and collect, you should’ve made one. The day you finish it and then you listen in the control room at the console to your hard work over the many months . . . you have fussed over every detail of every minute of all of the songs, and you go, ‘Okay, there it is,’ and you love it, and then they send you the jacket, and you color approve it. . . the liner notes are done, and you say, ‘Send me a box of 25 copies, so I’ll get ’em before the retailer gets it,’ and you open the box, and there’s your hard work. It’s such a fabulous American invention, the record album.”
I suspect there are plenty of authors who feel the same way about their hard-copy books and print journal articles (I had to get some kind of library-ish tie-in …).
The Boxer will always be my favorite Simon and Garfunkel song. Enjoy: