Friday, I will head down to the Schuster Center to see a Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s superpop concert featuring the music of Simon & Garfunkel. I grew up with their music, and am still a huge fan of their work!
There were no histrionics, no macabre costumes or makeup, no burning or smashing of instruments. There were only the songs that one of them wrote and both performed together for over a decade. They were a duo known as Simon & Garfunkel. One might argue that the songs Paul Simon wrote became a soundtrack for America in the 1960s. The songs, including such hits as “A Hazy Shade of Winter,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Cecilia,” “Homeward Bound,” “I Am a Rock,” “Mrs. Robinson,” “The Boxer,” and “The Sound of Silence” earned the duo a ranking of 40th on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest artists of all time and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In “Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel,” AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle bring the music of this dynamic musical duo to the stage of the Schuster Center.
AJ and Jonathan have been performing this remarkable tribute to the music of Simon & Garfunkel for more than a decade, and the enjoyable effect on their audiences is undeniable. A chance meeting in 1991 in a local club in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania brought these two talented artists together. Not long after a brief introduction, they were blending their voices as if they had been performing together for a lifetime. AJ’s warm baritone and Jonathan’s soaring tenor combine flawlessly to capture the essence and magic of Simon & Garfunkel’s sound of the early years in Greenwich Village.