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Song of the Day: Simon & Garfunkel – “Scarborough Fair”


Every once in a while a song is written that transcends time, genre and season.  I’ve often thought that Scarborough Fair written by Simon & Garfunkel is such a song.  It could have been written several hundred years ago or in the future.  Many claim it as an ode to the 1960s because of its association with the movie The Graduate, but I believe that is too limiting a definition. 

Great music doesn’t belong to any point in time but instead remains steadfast in the sea like a lighthouse regardless of the changing seasons or weather.  Its bright light is always shining on the horizon and it is accessible to the listener whenever needed.  Generations will come and go but they all ultimately recognize its beauty and significance once they come across it.   When you hear a song of this quality, you get a fuller understanding of the depths of talent and inspiration that exist in this world.  How someone can create something this beautiful from a blank slate never ceases to amaze me.  It also validates the importance of the arts to our everyday life.

Paul Simon has written some great songs through the years.  I think this is one of his best.   Art Garfunkel’s voice matches the melody perfectly.   When Paul and he sing together it is something quite special to hear.  I hope that Art’s voice recovers and they are able to tour at least one last time.  The video clip is from their Central Park concert which everyone should watch all the way through at least once. 

Happy Sunday!  Hope you have a peaceful and enjoyable day with friends and family.

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2 Responses

  1. I agree with you. I think it’s great when music (or art in general) can transcend time, but I think there’s something really special about a song that so succinctly captures a moment in history. You talking about “Scarborough Fair” got me thinking about Paul Simon’s “Soft Parachutes,” which I think does just that. It’s a short song, but so powerful. And the juxtaposition of him up there on stage, alone, to the middle-aged man and woman sipping wine and puffing on a cigarette I find really striking.

    Here’s the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e99oj2EQK4w

    I’ve subscribed to your blog. Looks very interesting so far. See you in class.

    • Thanks for sharing

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