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Apr

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Some fun. and Simon & Garfunkel mixed together to form a new twist on a familiar tune: “Some Nights with Cecilia.”

An inter-generational mashup by Mike Schmid composed of “Some Nights” by fun. and “Cecilia” by Simon & Garfunkel. Mike Schmid is an American singer/songwriter as well as the keyboard player and backing vocalist for Miley Cyrus.

Posted in celebration of the 43rd anniversary of Simon & Garfunkel’s release of “Cecilia” as a radio single (April 1970).


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03

Apr

A social and historical retrospective on Simon & Garfunkel’s Bookends

Forty-five years ago, Simon & Garfunkel released their fourth album, Bookends (1968). This concept-album topped the music charts in the United Kingdom and United States at #1, and #3 in both Australia and France. Interestingly, this was the last album to be released in both mono and stereo. To the collector, the mono pressing of the album contains many noticeable sonic differences.

In their album retrospective, Marcello Carlin and Lena Friesen reflect on the historical context surrounding the album through a track by track examination.

A few highlights from the album retrospective:

The Kray Twins, David Bailey photograph     Simon & Garfunkel Bookends, Richard Avedon photograph

  • If [Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band] brought childhood to the fore, Bookends addresses the other end of the telescope – and apart from the Beatles, few players in this tale thus far have addressed the question of age and impermanence.

Image of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club album cover

  • The film of The Graduate, too, attempted to address the question of age, and not simply how wrongly the old were regarding the young from either perspective (prospective employer or mistress); the couple may elope at the end, but are they also ready to turn into reactionaries, think by 1980 that Reagan has a point? 

The Graduate 1967 movie poster

  • But on Bookends the duo, and Paul Simon in particular, were keen to wrongfoot any doe-eyed newcomers, expecting some calming, soothing wisdom of folk.

Photograph of Simon & Garfunkel circa mid-1960

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22

Mar

Sounds of Silence, the 1966 Simon & Garfunkel album, has been selected for preservation in the 2012 National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress. The classic album includes hits and favorites such as “The Sound of Silence”, “Homeward Bound”, “I Am A Rock”, “Kathy’s Song” and “April Come She Will”. Among this year’s selections also are The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) by Pink Floyd and the popular movie soundtrack Saturday Night Fever (1973). 

The United States Congress was “created the National Recording Registry to celebrate the richness and variety of our audio heritage and to underscore [the nation’s] responsibility for long-term preservation, to assure that legacy can be appreciated and studied for generations,” notes The Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington.

"Sound" bytes from the AP story (emphasis added):

[Art] Garfunkel, 71, told The Associated Press he’s thrilled and flattered to have his work preserved in the Library of Congress. He said the hit album was a life changer for him and Simon. “Da da dee, da dee, da dee,” he sang in an interview.

"There’s something fundamentally appealing about the simplicity of those lines," Garfunkel said.

"When you look at the little mesh, wire microphone … and you address people on the other side of the mic, you hope that your performance will be special, and you hope that it will have lasting power," Garfunkel said. He said he remembers thinking in the 60s that “if we do really good and give a very special performance to these great Paul Simon songs, we might last right into the next century and be appreciated.

Their words and their tune have taken on special significance in American culture. Hearing Simon sing “The Sound of Silence” on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, NBC newsman Tom Brokaw briefly struggled for composure. The music, he said, evokes memories.

This is the kind of impact the library was looking to preserve, “to celebrate the richness and variety of our audio heritage,” said Librarian of Congress James Billington in announcing the selections.

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Video credit: WABCRADIO77

26

Jan

Hand-drawn illustration of Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water cover.
Posted in celebration of the 43rd anniversary of Simon & Garfunkel’s album release of Bridge Over Troubled Water (January 1970).
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Illustration by Steven Wesley Guiles

Hand-drawn illustration of Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water cover.

Posted in celebration of the 43rd anniversary of Simon & Garfunkel’s album release of Bridge Over Troubled Water (January 1970).

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Illustration by Steven Wesley Guiles

21

Dec

This day in history… 45 years ago

On this day in 1967, the film “The Graduate” opens at two theaters in New York: the Coronet on Third Avenue and the Lincoln Art Theater on Broadway. 

(Source: history.com)

08

Dec

[John Lennon] evoked something very powerful with very few words. Strawberry Fields Forever. I Am the Walrus. In My Life. Norwegian Woods. Little stories that are enigmatic but very powerful.

Paul Simon on fine lyricists such as John Lennon and Bob Dylan.

"And the two of us
Went to this bar
And we stayed to close the place
And every song we played
Was for the Late Great Johnny Ace”

Lyrics from “The Late Great Johnny Ace” by Paul Simon

In memory of John Lennon (October 9, 1940 - December 8, 1980)

Quote from the Tony Schwartz interview with Paul Simon in the February 1984 Playboy magazine.

Read the full interview.