Monday, March 11, 2013
I love this picture. Some days, I can't take my eyes off of it. There was a time when this seemed very improbable, but then so did a reunited Sonny & Cher singing "I Got You Babe" on the David Letterman show, and that happened.
This is something I had written back in November:
Another one for me is Simon & Garfunkel's "Old Friends/Bookends," a masterpiece of music and storytelling if there ever was one. Of course, the backstory of Paul & Art adds to the drama. Their happiness, their sorrow. Everyone can relate. But it's the strings that really say it all, beginning at the very end of "Old Friends" and continuing into "Bookends." That moment of chaos, the swelling of emotion that slowly and sadly winds down and resolves, is one of the most powerful stretches of pop music ever recorded. In less than a minute and without one word sung, we live a lifetime. It never fails to tear me up.
Forgive me for once again revisiting "Bookends" and telling you about it. It's just more powerful than I am.