This is a glorious version of Paul Simon’s classic, ‘American Tune’. Sunny Ozell’s voice is pure, insistent and resonant. The song came from a recording session at EastWest Studios ready for a live-stream festival. It’s been a busy year for the Reno, Nevada-raised singer-songwriter, who released her acclaimed second album, ‘Overnight Lows’, and a live EP recorded at the Village.
Paul Simon originally wrote the song as a musical response to the uncertainty and unrest of the Nixon years. However, all this time later, in a year that has been so traumatic for so many, Simon’s lyrics have never been more emotionally meaningful: “I don’t know a soul who’s not been battered // I don’t have a friend who feels at ease // I don’t know a dream that’s not been shattered // Or driven to its knees // Oh, but it’s alright, it’s alright // For we lived so well so long // Still, when I think of the road we’re traveling on // I wonder what’s gone wrong.” Read those words, listen to Ozell’s fine interpretation and reflect.