Last week, I featured Simon and Garfunkel and realized how much I love their music. I’ll continue with them for the month of August.
I’ve always enjoyed the melody of this song and listening closely to the lyrics made me appreciate it even more.
“The Boxer” is written from two points of view. It starts with a first person lament on the struggles of loneliness and poverty in New York City before it switches to third person for the final verse. In that verse, it speaks about a boxer who perseveres.
On June 3, 2016 in California, news of the passing of Muhammad Ali broke during Simon’s concert. Simon paused singing partway through “The Boxer” to make the sad announcement to the audience. He then finished the song with these poignant lyrics.
… In the clearing stands a boxer,
And a fighter by his trade
And he carries the reminders
Of ev’ry glove that laid him down
And cut him till he cried out
In his anger and his shame,
“I am leaving, I am leaving.”
But the fighter still remains
It’s a melancholy song, but I find it ends on an uplifting note.
Wishing you a bright week ahead,
I’ve visited NYC for years, mainly to see family. After my grandma passed away in December, the city became a sadder place for me.
It was inevitable, but even though I had prepared for it, I could not know how I would feel until I returned to NYC for the first time since my grandma’s funeral.
It was a different kind of trip but a special one in many ways.
I flew in with my husband, and as usual, we visited old haunts, listened to live music, and met with friends and family. And as usual, there was not enough time to see everyone we had hoped to see.
What was different, however, was our return home. We hitched a ride back with my uncle and aunts. They were coming to spend time with the Canadian side of the family, namely my mom and my other aunt and cousins.
As the moon sat high in the sky, we packed up the car and set off at 4 AM for the nine-hour trip to Toronto. With little to no traffic, we took pleasure in the foggy terrain as we drove out of NYC and watched the sun rise. During the drive, we played the music of three artists: Simon and Garfunkel; Jim Croce; and The Doors.
“The Only Living Boy in New York” is one of the songs that will now forever remind me of that road trip.
Enjoy and I hope you have a great week.
I’m still in NYC and the other night, I watched a biography about David Geffen. He is a business magnate, producer, and film studio executive. It was his record company that produced Double Fantasy, John Lennon’s last album.
I have read that Double Fantasy was not well received initially, that it was a step back by an artist who had already retired. Of course, fate intervened.
The record released November 17, 1980, less than a month before John Lennon was killed.
NYC will always connect me with John Lennon, and among the noise and turbulence of the past week, both here and in the rest of the world, I’m slowing it down, as I imagine Lennon would have when he wrote this song.
Enjoy and have a peaceful week,
I’m in New York City this week connecting with family and friends.
This is a tune played during the end of some of my yoga classes — it’s calming and haunting at the same time, and the message is a good one given the turbulence of the past week.
“Subah” by Falguni is from the album called At Ease.
Lie down, close your eyes, and enjoy.
Here’s wishing everyone a good, safe week.
I returned from visiting family and friends in New York City last week. Each time I’m there, I see a celebrity or two, and this time Joe Jackson was at the same restaurant as we were in Chelsea.
Remember this classic song?
It’s a great one and you’ll see wonderful NYC scenes in it too.
Enjoy and have a super week,