Paul Simon recorded this song with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section: Barry Beckett on piano, David Hood on bass, and Roger Hawkins on drums. These guys owned a recording studio in Alabama where Simon recorded "Kodachrome
" and "Take Me To The Mardi Gras" with them, but for "Still Crazy After All These Years," he flew the guys to New York. This changed the dynamic, as Simon, who tends to do take after take and work very deliberately on a track, was taking his sweet time, while in Alabama, they got "Mardi Gras" done in two takes.
When we spoke with David Hood
, he explained: "When he was in our environment down here, things worked the way we wanted them to work. In New York, we were in his territory and he spent a whole day just working on the intro of that song while I sat there making double scale. The next day we came in and cut the rest of the song. And that was about it. I made a lot of money just sitting around working on that song."