Bridge Over Troubled Water

I will have the opportunity to see Paul Simon in concert this Thursday evening.

Simon and Garfunkel weren’t really my era of music. But I’m a fan of music from many genres and time periods. Good music is good music. Just because I cut my teeth on Bob Seger and John Cougar Mellencamp doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate The Moody Blues, Cheap Trick, or Twenty One Pilots.

It would be hard to be any kind of connoisseur of music and not know who Paul Simon is. So many of his songs are classics. Don’t most of us, when we think of herbs, think, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme? Thank you, Paul Simon!

I was young when I first heard his music. It blasted from my teenage sister’s record player and vibrated the walls of my bedroom next to hers. I remember sitting outside her bedroom just waiting for the door to open so I could see whatever nirvana existed in there. Being almost ten years younger than her, I wasn’t often allowed into her inner-sanctum. But the music seeped through. Maybe that’s why I have such an affinity for sounds from the sixties.

When I was a kid, my favorite form of entertainment was drawing. Mom could not keep enough scrap paper and pencils in the house. And thanks to Simon & Garfunkel, one of my favorite scenes to draw was a bridge over troubled waters. Who knows why that spoke to me so, but I still pause to listen whenever I have an opportunity to hear it.

I have a feeling I won’t hear it at the concert because although it’s written by Simon, it’s almost entirely sun by Garfunkel. The research I’ve done says Simon was motivated to write the song because of a song by Carl Jeter in the Swan Silvertones called Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep. The line is at the end: I’ll be your bridge over deep water and of course, it is what Jesus tells us. Maybe that’s why I liked the song; it really did speak to my heart.

I’ve listened to this Gospel group video twice now and love the song! Once again, we see Gospel influencing rock in the best of ways. Oh, and wish me luck at the concert. It’s going to be outside and the temperature will be in the 50s. But I’m sure I’ll be standing and clapping in my row.

12 thoughts on “Bridge Over Troubled Water

  1. Funny this should come up right now. I’ve just been singing bridge over troubled waters. Maybe I heard something about the concert an registered it on some subliminal level. I was just thinking I need to replace the albums that were stolen–I used to have a Paul Simon album without Garfunkel that I really liked, too.

    • ginabarlean@gmail.com says:

      I think Bridge Over Troubled Water, and Sound of Silence are both wonderful pieces of music. They’re poetry and melody at it finest.

  2. Love that song! One of my favorites. The entire album is great. Came out my freshman year in college. Springtime in the dorm. Everyone had the record. We tried to synchronize our stereos and play “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” at the same time. Didn’t work. (A valuable physics lesson?) Sure was fun to hear it reverberate throughout Harper-Schramm-Smith. though.

    Thanks for the memories!
    (I must have my settings wrong. I can’t hear the videos.)

    • ginabarlean@gmail.com says:

      Oh, I wonder if that was the case for others? Thanks for commenting. This must be why I so enjoy people a few years older than me. It’s the music!

    • ginabarlean@gmail.com says:

      I had my hair done today and the young stylist doing it for me hadn’t ever heard of Paul Simon. And so it goes.

  3. Becky Breed says:

    Your words touched me, Gina! Bridge Over Troubled Waters is still one of my favorites of all time. It took me back, but didn’t leave me there. The words carry me on.

  4. It’s hard not to love the 60s music, no matter when we were born. Even my youngest son likes some of it. It’s really an ageless decade for music. I imagine people will enjoy Simon and Garfunkel for years to come. Have fun at the concert!

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