Wednesday, April 2, 2014

B is for...

Bridge Over Troubled Water...
Simon & Garfunkel, 1970.

A Serenade of Seventies songs, from the soundtrack of my life, is my theme for the A-Z challenge this year.




I feel like I truly grew up with and into this song. There was never any question that I loved it. Can you possibly deny the beauty of it? Well, of course you can, but please don't, not right now in the middle of my singing (that you fortunately cannot hear).

When you're weary, feeling small
When tears are in your eyes. I will dry them all.
I'm on your side when times get rough
And friends just can't be found

I know there was a period of time when I thought this song was referring to parents, because in the mind of an elementary school kid, who else loves you like that. 

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40 comments:

  1. This is such a beautiful song that brings me to tears every time I hear it. Every. Time. It reminds me so much of the early 70s and cousins from New York that used to rent my dad's beach cottage for a couple weeks each summer. I didn't have my own radio yet back then so any pop music I heard was at the cottage.

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    1. It is funny how a song can seem different when you are mindlessly singing along versus stopping and actually listening.

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  2. Came across your site through the A-Z Challenge. I read "A" and "B" post. As a child of the 80s, I loved the 70s music. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by...I did angsty 80's songs last year if you wanna check those out in a month with more free time :)

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  3. Ahh, Simon and Garfunkel on a well worn cassette tape played for many an evening in my dorm room.

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  4. Beautiful song and a great blast from the past! ♥

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  5. And now this song will be going through my head all day... :)

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  6. Have loved this song since I was a young mother. Love your musical theme for A-Zing

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  7. Great choice, Andrea. I absolutely love this song. "Like a bridge over trouble waters I will ease your mind." That is just beauty and poetry and melody and everything else combined. Puts me at ease just thinking about it.
    Best,
    Silvia @
    SilviaWrites

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    1. I was originally going with a different song and then last night just couldn't do it, once I sat and quietly listened to this one again (as opposed to singing over it at the top of my lungs) ;)

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  8. Aww, that's sweet to think of your parents in that role. And of COURSE that is exactly what being a parent is . . . until they become teenagers, perhaps. ;)

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    1. As much, if not moreso when they are teens! ;)

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  9. this can be *anyone*! It was so hard for me to see that there are people out there like that, for me. :) Thanks for sharing!

    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
    My A to Z
    Caring for My Veteran

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    1. Yes, exactly, everybody deserves to find that person no matter who it is for them. Thanks for visiting!

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  10. I wonder how many kids ever thought of their parents when they heard that song?

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    1. I assumed it was everyone else on the playground too...hee hee hee!

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  11. What if they'd stayed together? Wonder how music would have been influenced? So many what ifs??

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    1. it is a curious point to ponder!

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  12. One of my favourites. I love that track and every one from that album. From a happy time in my life.

    Eileen @ In My Playroom (also doing the A to Z Challenge)

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  13. great song
    But my favorite by them is "The Sound of Silence."

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  14. ABSOLUTELY love this song. Wonderful to listen to again and as comforting as the day I first heard it. S&G's album was one of my first ever purchased.
    Shells–Tales–Sails

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  15. Oh what a wonderful choice! This song has special meaning for me and my friend. She invited me to her house, fed me dinner, then played this song for me, telling me that I was her bridge. We cried. It was awesome. Best friends.
    Tina @ Life is Good
    A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014

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  16. I love that song. I loved Simon and Garfunkel. About 20 years ago, X and I saw Paul Simon in concert. Sadly, he's the most boring performer I've ever seen. And he's really, really short.

    Love,
    Janie

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  17. Beautiful song. Yes, it sounds like parents to a loved and cared for child. Like the man of your dreams before you find out he's not really perfect. Like a best friend, until one day the friend isn't there when you need them. At this stage in my life, there is only one that truly fits that song: Jesus, my Lord & Savior.

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  18. Nice memory. It was a great song.

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  19. Lovely song, but I was really hoping for "Billy, Don't Be a Hero."

    -andi

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    1. OMG, we listened to that 45 over and over!

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  20. Yes, this is a classic! It is true - never thought about it, but it completely could be about parents!

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  21. Hi Andrea .. Bridge Over Troubled Water is definitely a classic and I still love it .. cheers Hilary

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  22. I just had a day when I listened to The Boxer over and over again.
    This one is so good. Uplifting but full of sorrow.
    HMG

    Heather M. Gardner
    The Waiting is the Hardest Part
    Stormy's Sidekick
    Blogging from A to Z April Challenge Co-Host

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  23. This was a great song! Still love it today!

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  24. I don't think there will ever be another duo quite like Simon and Garfunkel. They are one of my Pandora stations.

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  25. One of the best songs! Love S&G.

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  26. This is probably one of the most iconic songs ever written and it's almost symphonic in it's structure and style. I remember it well, as a beautiful song and a time when I was beginning my own journey into troubled waters. I heard it the other day, Andrea, and I know why I picked playing the viola, and music first and foremost for a career; because, in an instant, you travel in time back to wherever you were when you first heard a song. With symphonic music, it's like that, but with the added dimension of the eternal. What Beethoven wrote is still fresh, even if it's his 3rd Symphony written in 1804. 200 years from now, people will listen to "Bridge Over Troubled Water" with the same perspective, because music like this lives forever! Thank you, Andrea. Mary xoxo

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  27. I seriously lamented to Joe a few hours ago that I forgot to pack my best of S&G CD. He rolled his eyes at me. Some people have no taste.

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