As February 2016 rounds the corner, American singer-songwriter Dion has plans to drop his latest album, titled New York Is My Home. The "Runaround Sue" singer enlisted the help of fellow proud New Yorker, Paul Simon, to lend his harmonic vocals on the album's title track, featured in the latest music video release for the album.
The music video showcases the popular doo-wop singer venturing around the busy, noisy streets of New York City, finding beauty even amongst the business and morose mood of a rainy day. The "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" singer introduces his vocals at the end of the first verse, maintaining a presence throughout the rest of the fresh track and even leads on the song's ending two verses, UltimateClassicRock notes.
"We share a love for rock & roll street music the way it was done when we were kids," Dion explained to Rolling Stone. "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."
The duo have previously joined musical talents throughout their successful careers, as the "Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard" singer boasted vocals on Dion's 1989 Yo Frankie album track "Written on the Subway Wall/Little Star." Furthermore, Simon and DiMucci collaborated on the celebrated Dion classic "The Wanderer" during a 2009 25th anniversary concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
"Paul and I have been friends a long time," Dion detailed to Rolling Stone. "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."