The documentary started with my favourite song by the duo, “America” showing a back drop of the country back in 1969. This excellent show certainly flowed well without any commentary, just the words and music of Simon and Garfunkel. You could tell how different the pair were with Paul and Art bouncing off each other and sharing a glimpse into their everyday lives.
Harmonies never sounded better than when they sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water“, where the term classic isn’t used lightly. The footage throughout showed the turbulent times the United States were suffering with the race protests and the ongoing Vietnam war. The political upheaval with the assassinations of the Kennedy brothers and Martin Luther King.
“Scarborough Fair” the almost medieval sounding homage is set to the flower power’s most pivotal point – Woodstock. I often wondered who remembered who was there and who actually performed at that landmark event. Not that many I’d place my bets on. But we have these two nonconformists of fashion songwriting whilst coming to terms with a rapidly changing country. I haven’t even mentioned the space or nuclear race the United States had with the communist Soviet Union.
But this programme is all about the music and they certainly have a locker full of standards including “Mrs. Robinson” or the funky “Feeling Groovy“. As Paul Simon stated they write for the pleasure of writing and that the songs are nice. “People sing songs for the pleasure of the singing and the pleasure of the rhythm“. Prime examples of this include “Homeward Bound” and the iconic “The Sound Of Silence“. No sooner had the show started then it was already over and that’s what a good piece of viewing does to time.