Esquire Theme by Matthew Buchanan
Social icons by Tim van Damme

10

Jun

Recorded on June 10, 1966, “Cloudy” was a dreamy pop tune on the duo’s third album, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. It is one of three songs – along with “Red Rubber Ball” and “I Wish You Were Here” – that was co-penned by Paul Simon and Bruce Woodley of The Seekers. Simon (co-)wrote the song in 1965 during his folk circuit days in England.

"Cloudy
My thoughts are scattered and they’re cloudy
They have no borders, no boundaries
They echo and they swell
From Tolstoy to Tinker Bell
Down from Berkeley to Carmel
Got some pictures in my pocket and a lot of time to kill

Hey, sunshine I haven’t seen you in a longtime
Why don’t you show your face and bend my mind?”

Taped broadcast is from one of their two Smother Brothers Comedy Hour appearances in 1967.

Additional links

(Source: youtube.com)

20

May

Album Art
71 plays

Erik Veland, a Brisbane-based (Australia) producer, offers up a remix of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Pattern”. The jangly tune finds Simon and Garfunkel painting images of bleakness and hopelessness. Released under his “GenErik” moniker, the remix softens Simon’s guitar string pluckings; replaced with a thumping, distorted percussion track and a hint of maracas.

"… From the moment of my birth
To the instant of my death
There are patterns I must follow
Just as I must breathe each breath
Like a rat in a maze
The path before me Lies
And the pattern never alters
Until the rat dies

The pattern still remains
On the wall where darkness fell
And it’s fitting that it should
For in darkness I must dwell
Like the color of my skin
Or the day that I grow old
My life is made of patterns
That can scarcely be controlled”

by Simon & Garfunkel

What do you think of GenErik’s “Patterns (Folktron Remix)”?

Additional links

10

May

Recipe: Simon and Garfunkel Popcorn

To kick off the spree of summer movies, here’s a recipe for some delicious movie popcorn with a sprinkling of Simon & Garfunkel.

"Are you going to Scarborough Fair
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine”

- from “Scarborough Fair”

image

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed dried parsley flakes
  • Pinch of powdered sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed dried rosemary leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 quarts popped popcorn
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Melt butter over low heat.
  2. Stir herbs and lemon juices into the melting butter.
  3. Drizzle over popcorn.
  4. Add salt to taste.

Additional links

30

Apr

Take The Boxer Loop Challenge.

To celebrate the 44th anniversary release of “The Boxer” in 1969, listen to a 41-minute version of “The Boxer” with the infamous chorus looped seamlessly (and endlessly) for 35+ minutes.

Who will reign in the clearing, or cry out in anger and shame they’re leaving?

♪ Lie-la-lie Lie-la-lie-lie-lie-lie-lie… 

Are you a #BoxerChamp? Proclaim your victory… or the time that you stopped listening.

February 19, 2014 update: Replaced original audio link with a mirror stream.

Looping idea & audio mixing by wockerized.

Additional links

10

Apr

Album Art
34,485 plays

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).


Additional links

(Source: soundcloud.com)

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

Additional links