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Top 5 Simon and Garfunkel Songs

My Top 5 Simon and Garfunkel Songs

Growing up in a household consisting of a baby boomer and a silent-era parent, my music tastes can range from a big band with Glen Miller, Frank Sinatra, The Who, Journey, and everything in between.  My mom has a massive collection of records and when we were at my old house in PA, she would play them over the surround sound in the living room.  What also played constantly was the local radio station 93.3 WMMR with Pierre Robert.

When I was 8 years old, I started to ask my mom to put on her records of Paul Simon or Simon and Garfunkel.  I would dance around the dining room table singing to Mrs. Robinson and 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.  My favorite cassette tape at the time was Negotiations and Love Songs by Paul Simon. I may have mentioned in my podcast that my brother got ahold of that cassette tape and proceeded to pull out the delicate tape.  I think it was the only time I was mad at him for going into my room and touching my stuff.  Any other time it never really bothered me.  It was because he was messing with my music.  Don’t ever do that.

As I have said time and time again, music has played an integral part in my life.  Paul Simon is my favorite songwriter and Martin Gore a close second.  Different types of music, that associate with different feelings.  Simon and Garfunkel I think were a perfect storm of excellent harmony and extraordinary songwriting.  Saying that here are my top five favorite songs by the duo.  I will have an honorable mention because there is a lot that I love.

If you have not listened to this song, please do yourself a favor and listen.  If ever you sit and contemplate life, this song is for you.  The words are just beautiful and speak volumes about life as we know it.  Besides the music, this is my favorite because of the lyrics.  They come front and center.

This used to be my number one song.  Melodic and fantasy-inducing.  It still holds strong, but as I grew and saw how life was, my reasons for liking a song changed.  This song is an excellent showcase of both Simon and Garfunkel weaving their harmonies all the while having an anti-war chant going on over the folk song.  Great stuff right there.

If you want to see me cry to a song, this is the one.  Throughout my life I have thought about the concept of getting old and eventually dying.  I had an older generation family on my dad’s side.  Unfortunately, I attended a lot of funerals.  Perhaps this was the reason for my preoccupation on my own mortality.  This song just amplifies those feelings of growing old and what we will have left in the end.

I like the flutes and it reminds me a little of South American music.  They also had this song on the Muppet Show when Paul Simon was hosting.  They did a very funny rendition of it.  Great song and a funny episode.

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