Saturday, April 22, 2017

Simon (& Garfunkel) Songs #AtoZChallenge

Growing up in the 1960's and the Vietnam War era, one of my favorite singing groups was the duo Simon and Garfunkel.

Their lyrics fed into all of my teenaged angst. 

I would spend hours in my room, listening to their albums on my record player, and submerge my feelings of being unloved, not understood and having the most embarrassing father ever.  Oh yes, the Vietnam War was going on, and we were all going to blow ourselves up soon.

Today, I want to share some of my favorite Simon and Garfunkel songs - all beginning with the letter S.
 Scarborough Fair/Canticle is a dual song with anti-war lyrics (Canticle) that start out in the background, and then grow louder and louder.   The Scarborough Fair portion of the song is not original to the duo; it dates from the Middle Ages, although (I have read that the "Parsley/Sage lyrics did not appear until the 19th century) several versions of the original ballad exist.

This was not one of their hit songs, and may not be familiar to you, but this version of Silent Night (with a simulated news broadcast getting louder and louder in the background) seems so perfect for today's climate.

And finally, another one that may not be familiar with you, but I loved how it sounded - "So Long Frank Lloyd Wright".  What I did not know until doing research for this post is that Art Garfunkel majored in art history. but only after changing his major from architecture. His first wife was an architect.   Also, one of his cousins founded 'N Sync and one of my son's favorites as a preteen, the Backstreet Boys.


"S" day on the Blogging from A to Z Challenge - my theme, Traveling Through Time and Space.

21 comments:

  1. Delighted to visit and find Simon and Garfunkel - big favourites of mine. Happy A to Z ing.
    Scenes from a Marriage #Lexicon of Leaving

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  2. Thank you for the walk down memory lane. It's a long time since I heard any of these songs! Have a great weekend. https://shirleycorder.com/seo-strategies/

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  3. I love that particular sound from the '60s.

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  4. I totally love their music...a staple still - listen to these songs in the car and around the house...
    Best wishes,
    Nilanjana.
    Madly-in-Verse



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  5. Ah these brought back old memories. They were my favourites too. We were far removed from the Vietnam War but found the whole Flower Power generation all too fascinating.
    BTW do you get my comments?

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  6. I never saw them perform together, but did get to see Garfunkel when he toured alone. I enjoyed their music.

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  7. I loved their music!

    http://sagecoveredhills.blogspot.com/2017/04/s-is-for-summer-constellations-scorpius.html

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  8. One of my first albums was Bridge Over Troubled Water.

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  9. I love Simon and Garfunkel - I have their 'best of' album and I think I've almost worn it out. And now I have Scarborough Fair - parsley sage rosemary and thyme stuck in my head!
    Leanne | cresting the hill

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  10. Oh , thanks a lot for this reminder :) Comparing the music then and nowadays ... who will ever remember Justin Timberlake and Co. in 30-40 years time ?!.. How sad to see these amazing 60's / 70's idols now slowly passing away.

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  11. Lovely. There's a Simon and Garfunkel song for every occasion.

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  12. I enjoy Simon & Garfunkel's music although I did not know much about the background of their songs. Thanks for sharing. WeekendsInMaine

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  13. I love Simon & Garfunkel, but don't remember the last song. It's lovely. We were going to see them for a reunion tour a few years ago and had the tickets already. Sadly, it got cancelled (and they never re-scheduled) because Art was having trouble with his voice. Oh well! we cashed out and saw The Who instead. Not a bad trade-off. ☺

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  14. Nice to find an A to Zer who remembers the 60's. As far as I'm concerned, 60's music is the best ever, before or since.

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  15. Simon and Garfunkel wormed their way into my subconscious when I was still in kindergarten. I still love them, and remember all those songs. Another old favorite beginning with S: The Sound of Silence.

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  16. they have produced some really soulful songs. The sound of silence is my personal favorite. Loved your picks.

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  17. I'm a Simon & Garfunkle fan!
    Janice

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  18. Love the story about Scarborough Fair dating to the Middle Ages... It fits that they'd find them and use them.

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  19. I am a big Simon and Garfunkel fan. Saw them in their farewel concert in 2009 in Auckland New Zealand. Was awesome. Hard to pick a favourite but Scarborough Fair was a good number.

    Suzy at Someday Somewhere

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