It’s the last Monday of August, which means my final Simon and Garfunkel song for the month.
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” is my friend, Allison’s favorite song by the duo. This post is a tribute to her and our friendship, and unlike the song, we were near warm and peaceful waters when she took this picture of me.
Thanks, Al. ♥
Meditation at Millcroft Inn
Have a lovely end of August,
Two more August Mondays with Simon and Garfunkel, and today I feature the “Bookends Theme” (Reprise) from their much acclaimed album, Bookends.
I had the opportunity to spend this past weekend with an old friend, and it was a fabulous time. Thank you, Allison, for being an amazing woman.
“Bookends” is the continuation of “Old Friends” and is similarly reflective in style.
Time it was
And what a time it was, it was
A time of innocence
A time of confidences
Long ago it must be
I have a photograph
Preserve your memories
They’re all that’s left you.
I hope you get a chance to spend time with old friends soon,
It’s mid-August already! I’m continuing with Simon and Garfunkel for the month.
Paul Simon wrote “The Sound of Silence” when he was only 21 years old. In an interview, he was asked, “How is a 21 year old person thinking about the words in that song?” His reply was, “I have no idea.”
For me, the lyrics are sheer poetry.
In a world where it’s increasingly difficult to “hear” silence, I hope this song puts you in touch with some quiet time, if only for a moment.
Have a wonderful week,
Have you ever felt lost?
Like you were in the wrong place at the wrong time?
At different points in my life, and to varying degrees, these feelings have nagged at me.
This song always comes to mind during these uncomfortable times, probably because it’s the first tune I learned to play on guitar, and the lyrics are forever imprinted in my brain.
“Homeward Bound” makes me realize there is no place like home, so long as you are happy to be there.
Hope you are in your happy place, and have a splendid week.
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,