Alexander Averin

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul
Plato 428-328 BC

I'm in a musical mood tonight.

I watched a lovely programme last night on BBC4 about Simon and Garfunkel. It was called Imagine and was the story of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel's beginnings and went on to the making of their iconic album that is Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Quite by chance one of my granddaughters visited me today and as she was making tea for all the family who were also visiting (I forgot to say she is also an angel) she said

Do you know that song which has the line

Me and Julio down by the school yard?   I love that

and that one called Cecilia?

That got us both singing (as I was last night while watching the programme). She hadn't seen the programme so it was just another one of those coincidences (or windows into the Divine as I prefer to call them).

Bridge Over Troubled Water is one of my top favourite albums, It was called an LP when I owned it and the songs take me back to my younger life and all  its happy memories. The music is classic, it will never stop being loved if my teenage granddaughter is anything to go by. Her mother, my daughter, grew up with our music and so she has been well acquainted with masses of good stuff. I don't feel we are so well served with such great songs nowadays, not in such a great number as in the sixties and seventies. What do you think?

I have been thinking about the programme today and I thought I would do a series of blogs about my top albums, ones that I would take to a Desert Island, not singles but whole albums. I would love your suggestions as well and I could post songs from them.

I find it hard to choose a favourite from Bridge.  I also adore their Sounds of Silence album and Paul Simon's Graceland  is terrific.

My favourites are the title song Bridge..... of course, The Only Living Boy in New York, The Boxer and Song for the Asking

Side 1

  1. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" – 4:52
  2. "El Condor Pasa (If I Could)" (Daniel Alomía Robles, English lyrics by Paul Simon, arranged by Jorge Milchberg) – 3:06
  3. "Cecilia" – 2:55
  4. "Keep the Customer Satisfied" – 2:33
  5. "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright" – 3:41

[edit]Side 2

  1. "The Boxer" – 5:08
  2. "Baby Driver" – 3:14
  3. "The Only Living Boy in New York" – 3:58
  4. "Why Don't You Write Me" – 2:45
  5. "Bye Bye Love" (Felice and Boudleaux Bryant) (live recording from Ames, Iowa) – 2:55
  6. "Song for the Asking" – 1:3

Anyway have a listen, go down memory lane, if you are as old as I am. 

 I will start with Bridge tonight.



Marion Williams-Bennett said...

No on has ever done harmony like Simon and Garfunkel! Their music was so beautiful and so meaningful - I am thinking of the Boxer!

Lovel that you and your granddaughter could bond over this beautiful music, that feels special. My daughter E and I were listing to All You Need is Love over breakfast yesterday and it made my heart sing!

Happy Listening!

Vee said...

Oh you are walking on Nostalgia Path today. I do love Simon and Garfunkel and I believe that I can even say that "The Sounds of Silence" is my favorite. The songs all have a story and poetry and melody...three things I so enjoy in music. How fun that your granddaughter also knows them.

I remember when "Winchester Cathedral" came out when I was a teen (for a new incarnation of course, but that was unknown to me at the time) and my grandmother said that she knew that song very well. I was shocked!

Fire Byrd said...

I remember hearing Bridge over Troubled Waters for the first time whilst watching it on the Old Grey Whistle Test with Bob Harris. Blew me away then and remains a favourite now.
I still have my box of LPs haven't heard them for years,as no turntable, but they were all so loved they probably wouldn't play now!
I don't think I could include whole albums as it's particular songs from that era that remain with me.

Toni aka irishlas said...

Loved this album and we still give it a spin from time to time.

I do hope our record player never dies as for I don't think you can get new ones....

Mac n' Janet said...

I have always been a huge Simon and Garfunkel fan and it would be hard to pick a favorite album, but among my favorite songs are The Boxer, Scarborough Fair, The Sounds of Silence, April Come She Will, A Hazy Shade of Winter, Homeward Bound I Am a Rock and Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard.
It might actually be easier to name a song by them that I don't like but at the moment i can't think of any.

TF said...

Great LP :-)

Teresa Evangeline said...

Graceland is in my top ten favorite albums of all time, but I also love the S & G songs, including "Sounds of Silence," and "The Only Living Boy in New York."

You have a beautiful blog.