Emotional Rollercoaster: Simon & Garfunkel's Central Park Concert
My introduction to the timeless music of Simon and Garfunkel happened during an ordinary high school day with my friend Memo. It was one of those random days, probably spent working on homework together, and in the evening, before driving home they invited me for dinner, it was him and his dad. This evening turned extraordinary because Memo's household had something rare in those days (at least for me) - "Cablevision." This exclusive service brought a handful of American channels to Mexican homes, granting access to a world of English-language television.
In those early years, the Central Park Concert was my sole exposure to Simon and Garfunkel's musical magic. I promptly bought the CD and played it on repeat. However, my deeper dive into their music occurred later, with the release of Paul Simon’s "Graceland" (stay tuned for a future blog post on that). It was then that I began to unravel the history behind this extraordinary live album. It dawned on me that some of the songs performed at the Concert in Central Park were from Paul Simon's solo career, and the concert itself marked a reunion several years after the duo had parted ways.
The Concert in Central Park album is a treasure trove of musical gems. There's no need for me to insert my perspective; you have to listen to understand its profound impact. It effortlessly captures the essence of American folk and rock, taking you on an emotional rollercoaster:
- "America" and "Homeward Bound" evoke nostalgia.
- "Me and Julio Down by The Schoolyard" radiates infectious joy.
- "Wake up Little Susie" brings a sense of unease.
- "50 Ways to Leave your Lover" adds a playful touch.
- "Sounds of Silence" takes you to introspective depths.
- "Bridge over Troubled Waters" is a beacon of hope.
- "April Come She Will" carries an air of optimism.
- "Scarborough Fair" is beautifully resigned.
- "Still Crazy after all These Years" delves into poignant emotions.
- "Slip Sliding Away" speaks to the pain of losing.
- "Old Friends" tells a tale of yearning and reunion
This album has earned its place as one of my favorite companions on roadtrips. It's a masterpiece that offers a diverse array of emotions and experiences through its music and never grows old.
So, I invite you to savor the timeless melodies of Simon & Garfunkel's Concert in Central Park. As far as musical experiences go, it doesn't get much better than this.
Strangely, the album is not in Spotify, I don't know if it is other service. Luckily, you can view the whole thing on HD in Youtube: