In recent months, I’ve found myself declaring a couple of times that one song or another was officially among my all-time favorites.
That got me interested, during these pandemic times, in creating a definitive playlist of my favorite songs. This is an exercise fraught with peril and subject to repeated second-guessing, but that’s also what makes it fun.
Narrowing such a list to ten songs proved impossible, so I kept at it until I had close to 30, then pared back to 25, which feels like a good number.
Last week I featured five songs introduced to me by my older daughter Sophia. This week I turn to songs I associate with my younger daughter Fiona, though in this case none of them were new to me.
Fiona is still in that wonderful phase where she’s discovering excellent music from decades past, just as I was introduced to Bob Dylan and The Beatles during my pre-teen years.
A few years ago I counted down my list of favorite songwriters and Paul Simon wound up in the top spot. So it’s no surprise that he’d place a song on this list.
What may be a surprise is that I’m not going with one of his solo tracks, particularly something from Graceland, one of the best albums ever recorded.
I’ve spent a bunch of Beatles Weekends now exploring the Brit pop explosion of the 60s but there was an equally significant movement happening at the same time on the other side of the pond.
I’m referring to folk rock, a genre influenced by The Beatles themselves to some degree but mostly typified in the music of Bob Dylan, The Byrds and the focus of this week’s theme, Simon & Garfunkel.
Early on, Simon & Garfunkel leaned more toward the “folk” side of folk rock, but over the course of their five albums they introduced a host of new sounds to their repertoire and created a legacy that resonates to this day.