What memories do Simon & Garfunkel songs bring back for you?
I probably wouldn’t be where I am now if it hadn’t been for Simon & Garfunkel. I’d probably be a rich lawyer instead!
But no – thanks to Simon & Garfunkel (and my fantastic English teacher Mr Bishop) I fell in love with the power and poetry of words – and I left the law to become a political speechwriter, and journalist, and now a business writing coach and trainer.
Interestingly Paul Simon briefly studied law – but left to pursue his music. Mind you Simon & Garfunkel would have still sounded good as a firm of lawyers.
But I digress…
Mr Bishop played us Simon & Garfunkel records and would show us the beauty of he poetic devices in the lyrics – the alliteration, the imagery, and the metaphors.
In a deep and dark December
Freshly fallen silent shroud of snow
I am a rock I am an island
To be honest, back at school, even ‘though I learned to love most of their music, I thought some Simon & Garfunkel songs (like their cover of El Condor Pasa) and Scarborough Fair were very, very uncool – but I later appreciated these were Paul Simon’s early forays into World Music – as later taken further in Graceland.
But once again – I digress.
When Australian band The Church recorded their heavier, janglier version of I am a Rock I was so happy because it combined one of my favourite bands playing one of my favourite songs!
Later, I found out an S&G connection with another of my favourite artists Billy Bragg. Bragg’s New England started with the lyric “I was 21 years when I wrote this song. I’m 22 now but I won’t be for long”
Bragg was quoting (as was the folkie tradition) another song in this case Simon & Garfunkel’s Leaves That Are Green.
I also have fond memories of listening to S&G while traveling the US on a greyhound bus – looking for America. That’s probably my favourite S&G song.
One of my favourite lyrics is from Kathy’s song:
As I watch the drops of rain weave their weary paths and die.
Alliteration, personification and such exquisite observation.
Thank you Paul Simon – and Mr Bishop!
I’m sure so many people have their own favourite S&G lyrics!
It was my life-long dream come try to see Simon & Garfunkel live a few years back. Lots of my music-loving friends (who were more into “heavier and edgier” music) weren’t interested but I went with a friend who was also a big S&G fan.
The music of my generation was the Sex Pistols, The Ramones and The Clash – not Simon & Garfunkel! Still, I’m not ashamed to declare my love for Simon & Garfunkel – but I DO draw the line at pan pipes and El Condor Pasa!
At the concert I bought the Simon & Garfunkel T-shirt AND even a Simon & Garfunkel tote bag. I take my tote bag to carry all my books and my poetry to protect me!
(thanks to Simon & Garfunkel, I fell in love with language and the power of poetic devices to spread messages and connect with people)