Paul Simon is one of my all-time favorite musicians. His sound keeps changing over the years and every variation has brought me joy (though, no, I was never a Simon & Garfunkel fan, particularly - but maybe that's because I've never owned any of those albums).
And if you don't read either Scalzi's blog or his AOL Journal, you should check them out too. SF industry types will generally find denser coolness in the blog but the journal is fun as well and currently features an interview with Chris Roberson.
Huge hugs and happiest wishes to my witty writer friend John!