This reunion of Simon and Garfunkel was the musical event of my lifetime. I had been a fan from the beginning of their folk-rock career in the transitional time of the 60s. The lyrics told stories of universal experiences that are still heart touching today. And the blend of the voices of Art Garfunkle and Paul Simon still bring tears. Professor, to no surprise, preferred Led Zeppelin! Need I say more? But this is my blog.
Last week, I decided to try a Music Monday post for today, and each Monday, as long as it seems to work, and “Bridge Over Troubled Water’ would be my first post. This is my all time favorite song bar none. The really wacky thing is that this morning as I sipped coffee, watching one of the morning TV shows, and it was announced that on March 10, 1971, this song was number one! It seemed to validate my decision at least for today!
Now let me tell you that for us to go to this reunion in Central Park was totally out of character, but we were there. Some former students who were living and working in The City invited us! It was to start at 6:30 so we headed to the park about 4:30 and we could only find seating on the grass so far from the stage it seemed a dot on the horizon. I remember all sorts of ‘street theater” or field theater of mimes, drama, musicians, lots of long hair, pot smoking , and very long lines at the porto-potties.
The concert began and we could see on large screens set up at various places. Sound equipment was also blasting out the music. I remember thinking it could all be a recording and we would never know, but it was free and a memorable event.
the same time. New York and changed the traffic pattern and blocked the streets from cars, cabs, and buses so that people could all walk into the streets from Central Park. We were just lifted up and carried by the crowd. We had our children, and our son was only 6. I had to take the cooler and professor carried him because we were afraid he would fall and be crushed.
From YouTube, I chose the video from this concert. The quality is not as good as the studio original or maybe even the reunion in Madison Square Garden. But the memory of singing with Simon and Garfunkel and 500, 000 other fans is very special to me! It must have been a little like attending an Indian political rally where the crowds are equal or larger!
This is Music Monday!
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