A cold and the cold, and more on Simon & Garkfunkel

A wise friend in Kyiv told me yesterday, “Be careful if you’re sick. Every new country is a new bug.”

I’ve developed a cold. I’ve never been concerned about colds in my life. They didn’t inhibit my lifestyle in anyway: you don’t worry when it’s a 20 degree winter day and you have a trifling runny nose.

But now I understand what it’s like to have a cold, in the cold. You can’t be bothered doing anything. In fact, I took a ‘day off’ today and slept. Never mind that my ‘day off’ is simply opting out of the Monday Morning Coffee/gossip fest.

And so, because of this cold, today’s unentertaining post draws to a close… But one thing further.

It seems that my post the other day has brought a few S&G fans out of the closet. The band really does have universal appeal, and I think between the S&G back-catalogue and the Paul Simon solo one, there’s almost a song for every mood (and every movie).

For the record: I do love ’59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)’; it earned a couple of extra brownie points after the wedding. While it’s not my favourite, it’s probably their only non-slit-yer-wrists song, so we deemed it suitable for the wedding.

So to continue the conversation… Introducing:

The Very Predictable Little Miss Moi Top 10 Simon & Garfunkel
(in no particular order and subject to weekly change)

  • Scarborough Fair/Canticle (love that it’s sung in round)
  • For Emily, Wherever I may Find Her
  • Wednesday Morning, 3AM (and I like the use of same lyrics in ‘Somewhere They Can’t Find Me’)
  • The Boxer (like the sax)
  • Richard Cory and A Most Peculiar Man (I always associate these with one another, so they’re listed together)
  • 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)
  • The Dangling Conversation (I like the harp)
  • A Poem for the Underground
  • A Simple Desultory Philippic (Or how I was Robert McNamara’d into Submission)
  • Leaves that are Green

Any errors, oversights, omissions, etc?

Just so you know. I do listen to other music.


11 thoughts on “A cold and the cold, and more on Simon & Garkfunkel

  1. Dear anon. As in ‘Me and Julio down by the school yard’?

    That is a great song, and I was certainly thinking of that when I said there’s a S&G or PS song for every movie (it was on The Royal Tanenbaums soundtrack).

    Alas, it is a Paul Simon only song, and my list was a S&G list…

  2. Wow, that’s brought back a few memories! Haven’t listened to them for ages. My dad had the BoTW album when I was a girl, I used to play it over and over again, must have known every track off by heart. Think I pinched it off him when I moved out, will have to go and dig through the old record collection.

  3. I lied – just found it (smelling very musty – the album not me), it’s the Sounds of Silence. I always loved the title track.

  4. Dear vee. No I do not have enough corset busters to pass the time. I was really interested to see that, on petite anglaise, she’s reading the fingerspi.. I mean, Fingersmiths. But I have a rather small (free) editing job to do. And you know what they say – times flies when you’re having fun.

    Dear Tinks. Welcome. The anon at number six is right. I stole ONE album off my dad. Is that how everyone fell in love with Simon & Garfunkel? I do like the title track too, but I’ve always struggled to keep SoS in the top 10 for longer than a couple of weeks at a time…

    Dear Mum. I know it’s you. Stop telling people I’m a thief. I only borrowed one S&G. The other was Bob Dylan Masters.

  5. Apologies, you are right about Julio. I blame my 6 stakka cd player & random downloads, you just lose touch of what is playing.I thought I had S&G playing on disk 5 but alas it was Paul Simon all on his lonesome.

    I probably would have found room for Cecilia in my top 10 – nice up beat song which often comes along at a good time as S&G songs can sometimes get you down.

    Not so sure about the morals of the song though?

  6. Dear anonymous. Yes, it can be a bit confusing when you can’t just pop open the CD player and see what’s inside.

    Cecilia is good, but quite frankly it’s just a bit too upbeat for me. In fact, I can listen to S&G anytime, but have to be in the right mood to listen to Cecilia.

    Morally, yes the lyrics are questionable. He shouldn’t just pop home with her for some lovin’ in the middle of the afternoon. That’s sorta bad on both their parts. But she’s obviously a moral black hole because she replaces him with another lurver in the time it takes to wash his face….

    BUT it was the 70s. That’s the decade that God wasn’t looking.

  7. Dear enid. I just listened to patterns, even though I don’t feel trapped in the daily grind at the moment. It’s a very nice song. I think I have decided that Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme is my favourite album.

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