Paul Simon and I have been friends a long time. I was at his apartment back when there was a terrible downturn in the country and Paul wanted to do something special for the city. Well, he put together that wonderful concert in Central Park. He thought the city needed a touch of friendship. I thought it was off the Richter scale doing something for our city. When I wrote “New York Is My Home” I thought this is a way to have New Yorkers fall in love with their city all over again. I thought of Paul. … Early on I knew I had to sing it with Paul Simon. We share a love for rock ‘n’ roll street music the way it was done when we were kids. I knew Paul would get this song. And he did. Soon after I sent it to him, he called and said he’d become obsessed with it. He added his own distinct touches to the production. He’s from Queens, I’m from the Bronx. We’re both at home in New York. What a trip, a labor of love for us. ~ Dion
“I recorded “New York Is My Home” as a duet with Paul Simon. It’s my street rock ‘n’ roll song ~ it’s different from the rest of the album I just completed with Jimmy Vivino his band and his production ~ but it’s certainly a gem in an otherwise entirely rock-blues setting..I think of it as a love song to the city of my birth. What can I say? I was born in the Bronx. For me, “God’s country” is never gonna mean canyons and forests. It’s gonna have sirens and subways and crowds of people. I love the style and the way the city moves~ all acceptance and love ~ the music seeping up from the streets. To my eyes the city is pure. It lifts me to a higher reality. I experience the fullness of life in New York. it’s all here.
NY Is My Home — My love song to my city and my girl. What can I say? I was born in the Bronx. For me, “God’s country” is never gonna mean canyons and forests. It’s gonna have sirens and subways and crowds of people.