A Simon and Garfunkel Reunion Was Only a Motion Away

19 Sep

Simon&GarfunkleConcertCentralPark.MicahelDoretPoster.9.19.13Oh yeah, I was there. Thirty-two years ago today, in 1981, Simon and Garfunkel reunited for a concert in New York City’s Central Park. It was a benefit concert thought up by the NYC Parks Commissioner and the super promoter, Ron Delsener, to clean up Central Park. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel broke up after they released Bridge Over Troubled Water, but they agreed to get together for this worthy cause. After all, they are New Yorkers.

Simon&GarfunkleInCentralPk.9.19.13 Backed by the best of the best studio musicians, they played for an audience of 500,000 who sang along with them on Mrs. Robinson, Homeward Bound, Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard, Still Crazy After All These Years, Slip Slidin’ Away, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, The Boxer, and Bridge Over Troubled Water.

You can hear these songs playing in your head now, right? Such great songs. We all know the words. The melodies. Those clear voices. Those harmonies. Oh, those beautiful harmonies. The duo, their songs, the concert. All are memorable and still magical. Here’s The Sound of Silence from the concert. Enjoy!

Paul Simon talked to Wynton Marsalis about his songwriting process:

“It’s not so much that I’m creating with it, it’s that I’m untying knots with it. And the more experience that you have with problem solving, the more creatively you can untie and re-tie that knot.”

Sources:
Concert Poster pic: Michael Doret
Live Concert Album Link and Pic: Simon and Garfunkel The Concert In Central Park
Quote: CBS This Morning Interview with Wynton Marsalis, May 30, 2012

2 Responses to “A Simon and Garfunkel Reunion Was Only a Motion Away”

  1. Alex Frederick September 20, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    I hate to “lower the tone” (no pun intended!) but I’m curious – did the audience have to purchase tickets for the S&G concert? I’ve been wondering about this at it seems that all the concerts there now cost something to go to, ergo the recent Stevie Wonder concert which at over $100 is quite pricey, which as Central Park seems to be a sort of city Commons which should be accessible to everyone, seems a little weird to me! Get my drift? Thanks.

    • Yvette September 20, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

      Hi Alex, The answer to your question is FREE! I love your comment and yeah, the pun, too. Was the Stevie Wonder concert that high? Wow. But remember, the Simon and Garfunkel concert was initially proposed by the then-Parks Commissioner Gordon Davis to Paul Simon to help the City raise money to repair and maintain the Park. HBO bought the rights to carry the concert. And an album, film, and DVD were later released. Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I appreciate your perspective!

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