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April 29, 2012

On Simon and Garfunkel

Filed under: music,Uncategorized — kafkaworld @ 5:08 am
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Yesterday afternoon, I watched a wonderful documentary on SBS about Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.  It mainly concerned the making of their final album, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’, and it led me to spend too much time today playing all my old S & G LPs.

What a difference forty odd years makes to the lyrics of these songs.  When I first listened to them in the late sixties, I was an adolescent and, like most adolescents, I knew everything.  How I wish I could go back to those days.  My husband agrees, remarking that the main thing we had in common when we first met was that both of us were omniscient!  But life has a way of beating that out of you, and we no longer share that particular character trait.  Far from it.  Neither of us knows much at all about anything really, apart from how best to run each other’s lives.

So back to Bridge Over Troubled Waters.  “When you’re weary, feeling small, 

                                                                               When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all;

I’m on your side.  When times get rough

     And friends just can’t be found …..”         and later

“If you need a friend I’m sailing right behind ….”

When I was 19, I had no idea what that was all about, thought I did but found out the hard way that I knew nothing.  I listened to that song again, remembering the sacrifices important people in my life have made for me over the years, tears pouring down my face.

“Time, time, time, see what’s become of me

While I looked around for my possibilities.

I was so hard to please …”

Yes I’m an overly sentimental old woman, but that’s likely to get worse with time so get used to it.  One more before I go and risk boring everybody to teeth-grinding oblivion.

“The words of the prophets are

written on the subway walls,

and tenement halls

And whisper in the sound of silence”

That song never gets old for me.  Must be off now, one more LP to listen too before something mundane happens and reality butts in to spoil my day.


November 24, 2011

On a Coldplay Moment

Filed under: family,life,love,music — kafkaworld @ 4:56 am

“Nobody said it was easy

No one ever said it would be so hard 

I’m going back to the start”

You said a mouthful there boys.  If only it was possible to go back to the start.  Those highly evolved people who say they have no regrets – do they really believe it?

I have so, so many regrets.  On a bad day they weigh me down so I’m barely able to function.  On a good day, I forget some of them for a while.

Today is a good day.



July 29, 2010

Serendipitous Triple Treat Synchronicities

Filed under: music — kafkaworld @ 3:22 am
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Bad things always come in threes.  I hate that.  Something bad happens, and I spend the next few days waiting for numbers 2 and 3.  Even if 2 and 3 never arrive, number 1 has spoiled the joy.  But wait!! I’m now noticing that good stuff also comes in threes.  Here’s the latest example.

Yesterday, I was over at Karli’s blog Life Like Lola and she had put up a video of Megan Washington singing How to Tame Lions.  Having recently struggled to reach the wrong side of 60, I consider myself an old boiler without the commitment to trail through endless Triple J programming waiting for one good song.  I rely on people half my age and younger to guide me along the paths to noughties musical enlightenment.  Needless to say, I had never heard of Ms Washington and her magic ballads.   She is such a beautiful young woman, and has allowed an artist with a gorgeous imagination to scribble all over her video.  Thanks for sharing Karli.

It occurred to me that I should write down ‘M Washington’ somewhere in case I went to a music shop where I am routinely unable to remember the names of any musicians whose cds I want to purchase.  I didn’t write anything down of course, and that would have been the end of the relationship EXCEPT  THAT last night, there she was on Spicks and Specks, and this morning, there she was in the Courier Mail!  Now I can recall her name without too much trouble at all.  The universe, in its wisdom, has hit my senility for six with the triple whammy.  Thank you universe.  It all helps.

I don’t think I’ll bother to count the downs in my life any more – far too depressing – but when something makes me smile, I intend to start; one ….two ….three ….

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