Skip to comments.Bridge Over Troubled Water; Simon&Garfunkle, a 43 y/o recording, STILL gently powerful
Posted on 07/17/2013 7:20:08 PM PDT by lee martell
That song came into my head today for no good reason. I was much younger back when it was released in 1970. The recording still resonates today. I say recording, and not just the song, which was beautifully written. In fact, Paul Simon (formerly married to Carrie Fisher) said that there are times when he considers this one the best song he ever wrote. The song starts in a subtle way, like little waves lapping on the shore. There is gospel styling of the lead piano, a promenade becomes a dirge. Then the soaring tenor of Art Garfunkle. Simon asked for Art to sing the lead, he now regrets it, but that is how it was probably meant to be presented. Every adult can identify a little with the purposely vague and esoteric tone. I listened to the song on my cell phone right before I went into the local gym to do my "War on Fat" exercises.This was the first time in about thirty years that I really, really walked along with this song, listening to it, allowing the song to lead me in some musical manner. I'm glad I did not listen to this song for the first time in 30 years through my earphones while I satinside the gym on a stationary bike. The other folks might wonder why I had this stunned expression on my face, or why I had to keep wiping my eyes. Go ahead and laugh at my melodrama, ha, ha, ha. If you ever liked Simon and Garfunkle back then, YOU take the dare and really listen to the musical structures and production techniques and the crescendos,(production based on some Phil Spector innovations) then describe to yourself how you feel. And that, ladies and gentlemen is what you call talent!
You had, what, 43 years to learn to spell your “Garfunkle’s” name! FAIL!
thinking lately that Paul Simon is a genius in music...
I just knew your second sentence was wrong. But lo and behold - Wikipedia says you’re right.
I woulda bet money this song was from before 1970.
Doesn’t rate a vanity. Especially from a n00b who signed on last month.
I think I’d better start a vanity about Bobby Vinton’s “Roses Are Red”. Whoever wrote it, I think is a “genius”.
Live from 1969.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYKJuDxYr3I
I dated a little girl back in the Summer of 1970. She was cute and smart but now that I look back on it, I don’t see what I saw in her back then.
One thing I do remember about her was “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” was her favorite song. She later became President of Chi Omega at Mississippi State or at least that is what one of their football players told me.
Hey, School Girl--Tom & Jerry
Great song. Now I’ll have to find a YouTube and listen to the song. Next time include a link please ;)
My favorite was by Simon, “Kodachrome”. A really swinging song.
The ONLY album I ever received as a gift was a Simon & Garfunkel from my ex-h....both long gone...but, they were my favorite when I was 18...and still in the top few...
OK, so I’m right - a little - after all.
Wikipedia goes on to say....”The single was released on January 26, 1970” and “Simon wrote the song in the summer of 1969 while Garfunkel was filming Catch-22 in Europe.”
see post 7
How little was she, you prevert?
YES...and I liked them much more than the BEATLES!!! (And, I was told I looked like Paul McCartney....being a young woman, I did NOT take that as a compliment, but the gal was a Beatle crazy girl.)
You are correct, the name Garfunkel is spelled differently than I had thought. Thank you.
I especially like the Mumford and Sons version of “The Boxer”.
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