Paul Simon Calls Portland Man Traversing Antarctica

Portlander Colin O’Brady, who recently made the record-breaking Antarctica trek, received a call from singer-songwriter Paul Simon, whose music helped create the soundtrack of his journey.

The famous endurance athlete shared his experience of talking to Paul Simon on Instagram after completing his 32-hour 77-mile journey that kicked off on Christmas Day.

Posting a photo of him skiing on the Antarctic glacier, O’Brady wrote: “Last night a wonderful surprise occurred. @jennabesaw told me I needed to call a specific number. I figured it was an interview or something. I dialed the number and guess who answers the phone?! Paul Simon!! The man, the myth, the legend. Turns out he heard (thanks @eorlins for making the initial connection) that I had been playing Graceland as the top music pick on my journey and he wanted to reach out.”

O’Brady said he had a wonderful conversation lasted for 30 minutes over his satellite phone. “We talked about many things, but setting aside celebrity and fame, what struck me most was talking to him about his process of creativity and bringing a masterpiece like Graceland into the world,” he added.

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