Hello darkness, my old friend,
I’ve come to talk with you again,
Because a vision softly creeping,
Left its seeds while I was sleeping,
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Within the sound of silence.
As a very small boy, I was raised with the sounds of the 1960’s. My parents, still relatively young, loved all the pop music of that era, as did my uncles and cousins who were all nearly a decade older than me.
The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra lit up the Schuster Center, Friday evening, with a rather moving tribute to the iconic 1960’s duo, Simon & Garfunkel. I had been anticipating this concert for weeks, and it was worthy of the wait.
Don’t talk of love,
But I’ve heard the words before;
It’s sleeping in my memory.
I won’t disturb the slumber of feelings that have died.
If I never loved I never would have cried.
I am a rock,
I am an island.
We discussed the difference in audiences: certain super pops concerts yield an entirely different crop of attendees. Brendan and I were on the younger side in the upper balcony, and probably the best dressed.
Tonight I’ll sing my songs again,
I’ll play the game and pretend.
But all my words come back to me in shades of mediocrity
Like emptiness in harmony I need someone to comfort me.
I wish I was,
Home where my thought’s escaping,
Home where my music’s playing,
Home where my love lies waiting
Silently for me.
This is what I love about the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s outreach: everyone is important! Stuffy orchestra music, too often savored by the elite, can actually be approachable!
AJ Swearingn and Jonathan Beedle led the audience on a delightful journey, exploring both the music, and the lives of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. AJ & Jonathan were outstanding. Several times I closed my eyes and just savored the delicate, soothing sounds wafting up to the balcony.
I’d only recently read up on the tumultuous working relationship of Simon & Garfunkel, and was saddened that their creative partnership was so short-lived. I do find it remarkable they were capable of delivering an anthology beautifully descriptive of the swirling social tides of the 1960’s.
AJ & Jonathan delivered.
I am glad was born in 1964. I got to experience some of the most incredible rock music of that century. And, what is more? I am still experiencing that wonderful music today.
When times get rough
And friends just can’t be found,
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down.