Thursday, September 24, 2009

America

Yesterday I told you how once upon a time I thought the Theme From Exodus was the most beautiful song I'd ever heard. Yes, at the time it was but those days quickly passed.

Today when I listen to it, it is far too melodramatic for me and it holds no special meaning for me.

There's another song that, upon first hearing, I thought was beautiful. And after 41 years it has held up well and I can still say the same about it today as back then.

My mind was full of images when I listened to it and I wanted to go on that same romantic journey they sang about. The song I'm referring to came off the album that took me from 45's into LP's and is one of the greatest recordings ever released. The album is Simon & Garfunkel's Bookends, and the specific song is America.

I just listened to it a few minutes ago and got the same feelings I had when it was on the turntable in 1968, which made me want to write about it even though you probably have no idea what I'm talking about. I guess you just had to be there!

There wasn't the original version available on YouTube and the closest version I could find didn't allow embedding elsewhere. So if you would like to hear it, please click here.

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