Singing with a star

Paul Fournier, left, sings with Paul Simon. (Photo: Daiji Ido)

To say Paul Fournier is a fan of Paul Simon would be an understatement. The 42-year-old patent attorney at Drinker Biddle & Reath has been listening to Simon's music for most of his life.

So when Simon invited Fournier to join him on stage at DAR Constitution Hall Wednesday night, it was a dream come true.

"I think if I would have prepared I would have been nervous, but this was so unexpected and spontaneous," he said. "I don't think I flubbed up any of the lyrics at all."

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The band started playing Gumboots, and Fournier noticed that Simon didn’t start singing where he usually begins. “He said something to the effect of, ‘What’s the first line of the song?’” Fournier said.

So Fournier yelled out the first line of the song. Simon looked at him and asked if he wanted to sing with the living legend.

"He let me sing the beginning part on my own then we started alternating lines, which was a dream come true,” Fournier said.

“There were little musical interludes where there was no singing,” he said. “I think I took advantage of every one of those to whisper little things to him.”

Fournier says he's been getting a lot of attention since his moment of fame.
The singer and the attorney will be together again Friday night when Simon plays the 9:30 Club. Fournier is postponing a long-planned vacation to be at the show, but he's not planning on taking the stage again.

"I had no idea this was going to get so big," he said. "My inbox was flooded with emails and I've been getting phone calls. I don't think I've ever gotten so much praise and joy and love in one day from so many different people. But this is really about Mr. Simon because he is so great at what he does."