2020 ALBUM DRAFT- ROUND 8- PICK 7- RUN-SEW-READ SELECTS- SIMON AND GARFUNKEL- BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER

2020 Album Draft- Round 8- Pick 7- Run-Sew-Read selects-Simon and Garfunkel- Bridge Over Troubled Water.

This is my parents’ music; and it takes me back to the reign of the intellectual hippies in our university town. It makes me think of walking on campus in autumn, among the colorful trees and leaves. A few of my favorite songs from the album, in no particular order:

The Boxer–One of the reflective songs of the 60s that got me through late nights of studying in college in the 80s.

Baby Driver–Fun and catchy. Just sing along.

Only Living Boy in NY–The soft reflective sound of this song draws me in from the first line.

Cecilia–The beat is fast and catchy, and it’s an easy sing along.

El Condor Pasa–We played this in junior high band. I’m sure it didn’t sound as good as Paul and Art’s version.

Bridge Over Troubled Water–This song is too well known for me to comment on. What I might tell you, you already know. However, I will point out that it is yet another masterpiece from that musical era, that was created by combining two partial or unfinished songs.

Since everyone reading this probably knows the title song and The Boxer at least, I chose to sample a couple of the lesser known tracks that I love. To sum this album up, it’s the harmonies, reflection and beats for me. I’ve never looked up the back story on any of these songs, and don’t know the meaning or inspiration behind any of them when they were written. I think that might ruin it for me. I haven’t written any meaning I hear in them, because that might ruin it for you.

21 responses to “2020 ALBUM DRAFT- ROUND 8- PICK 7- RUN-SEW-READ SELECTS- SIMON AND GARFUNKEL- BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER

  1. Super album, and I guess more super for you because of your memories of it. Pretty excellent start to finish…Paul simon’s first masterpiece. Only a little back I listened to some of it and was thinking “why did Paul even bother having Art around by this point”… but then I listened more and realized that Garfunkel had a great voice that was perfect for some songs like the title track and that alone made him an important part of that duo.

  2. S&G broke up on top with this album. It is a true classic. It the album only had The Boxer and the title track it would be great…but I like most of the other songs as well…The Only Living Boy in New York I’ve really grown fond of over the years.
    This was on my short list of albums…perfect choice.

  3. Your first paragraph nails it for me as well. I grew up around similar environment. But…but…are you sure you don’t want to know the backstory of The Only Living Boy…?” It’s pretty interesting, but I’ll spare you.:) Great album from start to finish.

  4. Simon & Garfunkel are a winning combination and I like just about anything done with them as a duo. Bookends is the only album I have of theirs but I’d be happy to have more. Excellent addition to the lineup Diana.

  5. Great choice. The first Simon & Garfunkel record I ever heard in the late ’70s was their Greatest Hits compilation from ’72. I think it’s an excellent collection and it remains my favorite. If I had to pick one of their studio albums, I’d probably go with “Bridge Over Troubled Water” as well. I agree with Max the title track and “The Boxer” are outstanding tunes that already make it worthwhile.

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