Paul Simon and Edie Brickell's 24-year-old daughter, singer songwriter Lulu Simon, has just released her self-titled debut EP. Lulu is the couple's second of three children, with her two brothers Adrian and Gabriel book-ending her. She has a half-brother, Harper Simon — from her dad's first marriage — who in 2008 teamed up with her mom for a joint project called the Heavy Circles.
In a new chat with People.com, Lulu tried to categorize her music, explaining, “They’re definitely all on one side of the coin or the other of a romantic situation. Those are the situations that are the most stressful. So I’m like, 'Okay, how do I untangle this thread of emotions? I’m going to write about it.' Whereas if I’m just feeling good about whatever in life, I’m not thinking, 'Let me sit down and write a song about this.' I’m like, I wanna dance to other songs.”
Lulu spoke about coming from a family where a song was never that far away: “We used to make up songs as we were walking through Central Park, or in the bath. We would always just write music. . It was inspiring in that it was like, 'Oh, I don’t just have to listen to music — if I want it, I could do it, too. Because I’m watching all these people around me do it.”
She spoke about branching out and possibly taking her show on the road: “I haven’t really played any shows in this new pop era, but I would be really excited to explore the physical and visual expression of the songs. For so long when I performed it’s just been me and my guitar, so to be able to dress up and really go wild with it will just be so much fun. To have people enjoying themselves and dancing hopefully, I think that will just feel so rewarding.”
Lulu's 46-year-old half-brother Harper Simon also has also persued a career in music under the long shadow of their father. Although Harper Simon sounds nothing like his dad, he admits that they're alike in many ways — including how they tend to write to a pre-recorded rhythm track: “Well there's a lot of similarities 'cause I've probably learned a lot, somewhat, watching him write growing up. He writes in a very specific way now. I mean, it changed, I think, for him. We both start with a track. I mean, he'll start with a rhythm track — I mean, he'll just start with drums. Anyway, he builds a track up and then he writes the song over the track. That's how he writes now most of the time. As opposed to just sitting down on a guitar and writing it all out in one shot on guitar — he doesn't do that.”