Song of the Day #140: ‘A Heart in New York’ – Art Garfunkel

garfunkelFrom Beyoncé to Art Garfunkel… a logical step.

Poor Art. He’s the Peter Scolari of the music world. Or is that DJ Jazzy Jeff? I suppose Garfunkel had some semblance of a career apart from Paul Simon (including a few acting roles of note) but he’s mostly a second banana with a crazy white man’s afro.

I know next to nothing about Garfunkel’s solo music career, but I do like ‘A Heart in New York’ very much. I first heard it on the Concert in Central Park album, which reunited Simon & Garfunkel 12 years after their final studio album. In fact, that’s the only place I’d heard it until tracking down an album version on YouTube.

Garfunkel’s performance in Central Park is extra special, with the New York crowd reacting warmly to this love letter to the Big Apple. It’s so special, in fact, that I wound up scrapping that album version and going with the live version instead. For me, this is the only way to hear this song.

8 thoughts on “Song of the Day #140: ‘A Heart in New York’ – Art Garfunkel

  1. Dana says:

    sweet moment in the concert, but the man really isn’t much of a songwriter or lyricist—the money on your mind and my words don’t mean a dime line…so here’s to you New York (?) is a rather pathetic and silly cliche rhyme–one of many in this song. Give my Rhymin’ Simon any day over his partner with the great voice, big hair, and not much else.

  2. Clay says:

    Well, he didn’t write it. I don’t think he’s ever written a song… it’s all about the voice.

  3. pegclifton says:

    I’ve always loved Simon and Garfunkel’s music, it brings back earlier memories of our times in New York.

  4. Dana says:

    okay-well, then whoever wrote it should take the heat for a kinda lame song, though well sung.

  5. Dana says:

    It’s not only the voice, it’s the performance. This moment is wonderful – “New York like a scene from all those movies, but you’re real enough to me” couldn’t more perfectly capture what it must have been like to be standing on that stage in front of all of those people who were hanging on every note. Great, great moment.

  6. amy says:

    What are you – schizophrenic? Make up your mind. Is it a lame song or a perfect moment? I think you finally got it right with your last comment 😉

  7. Clay says:

    I happen to like the “money on your mind / don’t make a dime’s worth of difference” line. But I agree with Amy (in her Dana disguise) that what makes this song work is the setting.

  8. willie says:

    I agree with Dana, and think Amy is kinda cute too:)

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