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Paul Simon freebie single

SIMON SAYS MERRY XMAS: Paul Simon has a gift for you on his website—a free download of “Getting Ready for Christmas Day,” the scintillating first single from his upcoming Concord album So Beautiful or So What. All you have to do is go to www.paulsimon.com and type in your email address, but you’d better not put it off—the freebie is only good through the weekend. After that, you’ll have to plunk down $1.29 at the iTunes Store. In the Huffington Post, Mike Raggone writes that the song’s “topical message, combined with its regional production values and gospel blend, makes this the most intelligent ‘Christmas’ offering of the year, proving yet again that Paul Simon is the smartest kid on the block.” (11/24a)