Monday, 3 November 2014

Autumn Tunes: Simon& Garfunkel


Here's the thing: I am addicted to watching beauty YouTubers and marvel at the pretty things they have that I will never own- it's kind of fucked up, but it feels like window-shopping to me, which we all know can be therapeutic in a way. My point is, normally on a Sunday evening, I will get comfy on my bed and catch up on all the videos that have been uploaded in the last day or two. Yesterday was no exception, I sat down on my bed to watch all the videos on my feed, but for some reason I opened Spotify and began listening to music instead.

Hours later, I was still listening to music; the same music I started out with in the first place, and that was basically everything by Simon& Garfunkel. It all began with a desire to listen to "The Sound of Silence", which is such a powerful song to me- for some reason, listening to it always makes me really melancholic and almost brings me to tears (and I really pretty much never cry about things like films and music) even though I have no emotional connection to the song other than I think it's beautiful with some of the most poignant lyrics I've ever read. How can a song be 50 years old and still be so relevant today? It just blows my mind ...

I must admit that I have no elaborate knowledge about Simon& Garfunkel other than they were/are a brilliant singer-songwriter duo that has given us so many eternal songs that people still sing along to today- my dad owns the "Bridge Over Troubled Water" LP from 1970 and man, is that a beautiful record. I originally came on Spotify to listen to one song, but that snowballed into listening to their music for at least three hours; so even though I haven't paid too much attention to their music before, it has definitely enchanted me yesterday. 

Slow-paced, melancholic songs with beautifully introspective lyrics are some of my favourite tunes to listen to in the Autumn/Winter time, and even though I can't say I know every song by Simon& Garfunkel by heart, I still know that these songs are what they did best. So if you feel like getting a little nostalgic and listen to music from decades ago, here's a few of my favourites ...


The Sound of Silence - Homeward Bound - He Was My Brother - A Hazy Shade of Winter - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Fakin' It - The Boxer - Scarborough Fair - The 59th Street Bridge Son (Feelin' Groovy) 


You will probably have heard most or even all of these somewhere before- they've been heavily featured in popular culture of the last five decades, be it in movie soundtracks or in advertising segments. Finally, I just want to leave you with the last verse of 'The Sound of Silence' that fascinates me so much for its relevance, especially considering that this song was released 50 (!) years ago.

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said,"The words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls 
And whispered in the sound of silence" 

2 comments :

  1. This sounds like my ideal Sunday evening, and I love Simon and Garfunkel, especially during the Autumn season, they just got so well together

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    1. It was a perfect evening, I got so lost in the music that I didn't even realise how the hours passed- I think that's always a good sign when it comes to find the perfect music to fit the mood and season! :)

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