Simon & Garfunkel just became a topic of discussion here at MacDonald Communications. Thanks to my parents’ record collection, I grew up listening to Simon & Garfunkel. I think it was Christmas of 1976 or ’77 (or maybe ’79 or ’80…it was a long time ago) when my grandparents on my dad’s side gave my brother and I our first record player. We didn’t really have any of our own records, so we fished out of storage all our parents old records from the ’60s. Among our favorites: The Beatles (obviously), the Beach Boys, and Simon & Garfunkel.
Even as a little kid in the 70s, their music meant something to me. I certainly didn’t understand the lyrics or the themes, but good music sometimes has a lasting impression, no matter how old you are.
Now, more than 30 years and several miles later, I still appreciate their music in a much different way.
And while it’s clear Paul’s songwriting was the driving force behind their music—and their harmonies are ridiculously perfect—it’s Art’s vocal on Bridge Over Troubled Water that hits me the hardest to this day.
Just had to get that off my chest.