Night Owl Chat – Simon & Garfunkel, Live in Central Park

It’s been a while, and with the insanity going on, it’s time for some music.

A few have asked for a Simon & Garfunkel music chat. And there is nothing better than S&G in Central Park.

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Sound of Silence

Mrs. Robinson

The Boxer

April Come She Will


Yes, I’m old enough to remember watching this on HBO.

Chat away into the night.

136 Responses to “Night Owl Chat – Simon & Garfunkel, Live in Central Park”

  1. 6 Dudette
    October 15, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Wow, none of that ‘ish’ stuff for you! When you say a new thread is coming, the new thread is COMING! Bravo! 🙂

  2. 7 Dudette
    October 15, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Love me some Artie and Paul.

    Gotta roll out for a bit. See ya later! 🙂

  3. October 15, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    A bridge too far for some . Love Paul Simon

  4. October 15, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Did you know the “Sounds of Silence” was written after the Kennedy Assassination? Just a little trivia.

    • October 15, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      My usual rusty head is struggling again Carol, but which song did they write about the train journey home of either JFK or RKF’s coffin? Saw the documentary, that part was just too much.

      • October 15, 2013 at 11:53 pm

        I’ll look it up. It may be my rusty head.

        • 12 Betsy
          October 16, 2013 at 12:12 am

          Is this what you mean?

          “There’s so much a president can do to inspire a nation—it’s hard to even remember that nowadays. JFK and RFK liberated an enormous energy in the country.

          There is a video in YouTube that depicts a snapshot of the confusion and mayhem than reigned in the country during the sixties. The name of the video is “7 O’Clock News/Silent Night”. This song performed by Simon and Garfunkel was a bitter juxtaposition of jarring news headlines backed by the soothing strains of the Christmas carol. While a radio announcer briskly reports a grim barrage of news—Vietnam, civil rights battles, mass murders, celebrity drug overdoses—the duo sweetly sing that “all is calm, all is bright.”

          • 15 nathkatun7
            October 16, 2013 at 3:58 am

            I am a product of the sixties! As young person I loved and respected the Kennedy’s. But I also think have been trying to re-write history as bout the Kennedy’s. Personally, I doubt that JFK and RFK, and even for that matter MLK, would remembered so fondly if their lives had not been prematurely cut short. Let’s focus on jPresident Kennedy. To begin with, JFK was elected with one of the slimmest margins in history. Second, because of his fear of offending Dixiecrats, he was in his third year before he finally introduced the Civil Rights Bill, which later was enacted, following his assassination, as the 1964 Civil Rights Act. While most historians give LBJ all the credit for the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, I personally think that this law, initiated by JFK, would not have been passed had it not been for JFK’s assassination. Third, because of the massive non-violent Civil Rights Protests to end Segregation in the South, and the violent response by white segregationists, JFK didn’t always respond forcefully because he feared loosing Southern support. A good example was JFK’s cautious response to the so called “Mississippi Insurrection” sparked by James Meredith’s insistence on attending the University of Mississippi. While JFK was gaining some respect in the Black community, he was increasingly reviled by Southern whites. I personally doubt that he would had an easy re-election in 1964.

            I am glad we have the Kennedy myth, which, like the Lincoln and the FDR myths, still inspire so many people. At the same time, It’s important that we should always avoid mythologizing about past leaders.

            Look I loved RFK! But RFK was not guaranteed winning the nomination in 1968. Sen. Eugene McCarthy, who was the icon of the anti war movement, defeated him in Oregon. Most of my fellow College Students were for McCathy because they blamed JFK for being implicated in starting the Vietnam war. On top of that, the vast majority of establishment Democrats supported Hubert Humphrey, who by the way had a much more impressive record on Civil Rights than the Kennedys. As mush as admired and respected RFK, I am not so sure that the increasingly conservative country would have elected him over Richard Nixon in 1968.

            • 16 Betsy
              October 16, 2013 at 9:09 am

              I agree with your assessment. I do think that the violence of the sixties shocked the US at the time and made it possible to buy into the conservative meme that the country needed to turn back to its conservative roots.

      • October 16, 2013 at 12:11 am

        This is all I could find from Wikipedia. Don’t know if it’s what you meant because they might have been cut out.
        “In 1969, the duo was invited to perform on The Bell Telephone Hour, but could not due to scheduling issues. Sponsor American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) proposed an one-hour US$600,000 show, and Life commentator and documentary producer Robert Drew developed the concept. One week before their appearance, the duo produced, with the help of actor Charles Grodin, the TV special Songs of America, which was intended to be played during their performance on November 30, 1969.[49] Songs of America is a mixture of scenes featuring notable political events and leaders concerning the USA, such as the Vietnam War, Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy’s funeral procession, Cesar Chavez and the Poor People’s March. In addition, the film shows American heroic figures such as the Lone Ranger, Dick Clark, baseball player Mickey Mantle, comedian Lenny Bruce and politician Eugene McCarthy. After many disputes due to controversial scenes between the various parties involved, the film was disowned by the sponsor. Simon and Garfunkel were furious about this decision and they both returned to CBS studios to talk with the censors. One of the censors was of the opinion that the director had used the sponsor’s money to promote his humanistic ideology. After Grodin asked “You mean there are people who are against the humanistic approach in America?”, the representative answered “You’re goddam right there are – the southern affiliates of AT&T are not going to appreciate seeing black and white kids going to school together”. While the new backer, shampoo manufacturer Alberto Culver, agreed to fund the broadcast for $55,000,[49] AT & T replaced the duo with the rock bands The Yellow Payges, Jefferson Airplane and the New York Rock & Roll Ensemble.[50][34][51]”

  5. 23 Nena20409
    October 15, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Congrats Dudette.

    S&G great duo.

    Lovely selection LL

  6. 24 isonprize
    October 15, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    If anyone tells you that the youth of today are lost, no good, pants saggin’, no respect havin’ , no account kids, DON’T YOU BELIEVE IT!!!

    This is the best story of our young people that I have seen in a long time!!

    Students with Down syndrome crowned homecoming queen, king – West Orange High School

  7. 27 GGAIL
    October 15, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Beautiful music LL, thanks!

  8. October 15, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Oh LL, just *loving* playing through these songs, gorgeous. Thank you kind sir!

  9. 32 lockewasright
    October 15, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    I LOVE me some S&G!

    It’s been a favorite since my parents plaid it for me as a child. I’ve always listened to them and I play their stuff for my children now.

    • October 15, 2013 at 11:49 pm

      The great thing about being 12 and 10 years younger than your older siblings is that they clue you in to great music. I had it coming from them and from my peers.

      • 34 lockewasright
        October 15, 2013 at 11:58 pm

        My brother is only 3 years older than me, but he hastened my maturity as a music listener for sure. One summer, when I was about 10, I went off to summer camp with all of my cassette tapes and accidentally took one of his blank tapes onto which he had recorded Zeppelin IV. It was all my friend Aaron and I listened to all summer. We just kept flipping the tape.

      • 35 susanne
        October 16, 2013 at 12:04 am

        hmmm…my older sister was in loooove with pat boone, and she played ‘kookie, kookie, lend me your comb’ over and over. so you were lucky, lib.

  10. 37 jacquelineoboomer
    October 15, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Ain’t that the truth!

  11. 38 lockewasright
    October 15, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    George Harrison and Paul Simon

  12. 39 Obama Grandmama
    October 15, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Question-in checking many lists of positives of ACA I had thought preconditions were not allowed as a reason to rule someone out of healthcare, but I only saw that it was in effect for children. Anyone know if it is everyone or just children? Are there other benefits to come as I thought all but the mandate were in place.

    • 40 desertflower
      October 16, 2013 at 12:02 am

      Jan 2014 ALL the preexisting condition rules go into effect. For EVERYONE

    • 41 globalcitizenlinda
      October 16, 2013 at 12:15 am

      the end of pre-existing condition for children already kicked in ( some time before the 2012 election – may be a year or so);

      the end of the pre-existing condition for everyone else starts Jan/1/2014 and that is why the individual mandate goes in effect too;

      the mandate for businesses is delayed for just 1 year

  13. 42 jacquelineoboomer
    October 15, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    We must keep this in mind!

  14. 47 Lana
    October 15, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    I don’t know how to post a video, but if anyone else who does watches this and thinks it is worthy, I’d appreciate you posting it for me. These are students in VA performing in NYC. Jayna Brown singing.


    Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTx7lNr9uBw&feature=youtu.be

  15. 53 amk for obama
    October 15, 2013 at 11:59 pm

  16. 54 amk for obama
    October 16, 2013 at 12:03 am

  17. 55 amk for obama
    October 16, 2013 at 12:04 am

  18. 57 desertflower
    October 16, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Night all…tomorrow is another day. Took the day off tomorrow to get some things done. When you work 7 days/week not much time for the mundane, like getting the oil changed in the car:) Sleep tight world.

  19. 59 theo67
    October 16, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Not sure if anyone posted this. I hope the GOP did.

    Infantile posturing by House extremists is causing allies to doubt our commitments abroad, damaging global stability and our foreign policy— Zbigniew Brzezinski (@zbig) October 14, 2013

    • 60 vcprezofan2
      October 16, 2013 at 12:55 am

      Hello night owl! Nice to see you, though I’m heading off to bed myself.

      • 61 theo67
        October 16, 2013 at 1:44 am

        You’re up VERY late! I have given up all hope of catching up with posts this week, so I feel fairly clueless… Hope you’re well!

        • 62 vcprezofan2
          October 16, 2013 at 1:53 am

          I am as fine as sixpence! Or is it supposed to be five pence? 😀

          I was here all day and still missed one complete post and segments of all the others. I simply gave up after a while and strolled through leisurely, arriving when I arrived. I do think I should sign off now, in case I get a call to work later on. Wouldn’t do to arrive all bleary-eyed.

          Take care *you* don’t stay up too late!

  20. 64 globalcitizenlinda
    October 16, 2013 at 12:25 am

    like others before them (railroad magnates, rubber barons (aka robber barons), Joe McCarthy etc), the Koch brothers may have over-stepped their boundaries;

    as they say: Pride Comes Before A Fall;

    I will sit back and wait but I suspect the fall may come sooner for the Koch brothers than they think

  21. 65 yardarm756
    October 16, 2013 at 12:37 am

    My good nite contribution. Ciao bella.

  22. 66 HZ
    October 16, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Good Night my Chips and TOD family. These are lovely moments to end my day. Being here with my TOD family gives me more hope each and every day of my life which I am so grateful to be in this space.

    The brilliant writing, the wonderful comments, the informative links to gain knowledge, and seeing our wonderful president smiling make us all proud to be a part of this great family here. Thank you so much, Chips. (((((((((((((( My grateful heart of thanksgiving, Chips))))))))))))))))).

    May our TOD family members who are healing, keep your faith strong and know that you are thoughts of prayed for daily in my space. I have a wonderful feeling of gratitude for know that we elected President Barack H. Obama in 2008, and went back to the polls and re-elected him in 2012.

    Now let us not be discourage in our well doing, but be faithful in our tasks to get people out to the polls in 2014 to give President Obama and VPBiden the House back and keep the Senate solid. We have much to help them to accomplish still. We Can Do This.

    Good night TOD family. Be gentle on your spirits and gracious to those who come into your space by your invitations. ((((((Love you all)))))))HZ

    • 67 jacquelineoboomer
      October 16, 2013 at 12:57 am

      Came back here to lock the door and let the cat out (Ha!) before going to sleep, HZ, and I loved your goodnight message to the O’troops. Especially loved this part, ” … gracious to those who come into your space by your invitations.” I can always do better at that! Goodnight to you.

    • October 16, 2013 at 2:14 am

      Hugs HZ for an earlier post. I couldn’t get it to post for me.

    • 69 Dudette
      October 16, 2013 at 2:20 am

      I love you HZ!

  23. October 16, 2013 at 1:21 am

    LL, Hope you don’t mind Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin singing Bridge Over Troubled Water. I listened to it a lot during a period in my life.

  24. 73 LDS
    October 16, 2013 at 2:03 am

    Sweet sleep, TODville.
    Congratulation, Ms. Dudette!
    Thank you all for keeping me well-informed while I am praying, fasting and lurking.

    The GOP have embarassed themselves so badly it is difficult to find words to express how I feel. The WH protest left me speechless.
    I felt hurt, sad, angry and disgusted. But then I realized what a beautiful family we have residing there ……I smiled.
    I am determined not to allow their hate define who we are and what we have accomplished.
    I am humbled by the fact that the man we voted for twice can forgive those who marched in front of his residence while his family was inside. His wife and Dr. Biden have fought for them tirelessly the last five years for their rights as well as their families.
    The fool MSM that encouraged and condoned their behavior now finds fault…….NOW?
    We lost a lot of borrowed time that we can never regain in order to move this country forward. This country missed a valuable opportunity to show the world how true democracy could work.
    Thank you, Mr. President for just being who you are.
    We have the victory because we stand for the truth. I stand with our President who practice what he teaches.

    • 74 Dudette
      October 16, 2013 at 2:26 am

      Thank you LDS!

      THIS! – > “I am humbled by the fact that the man we voted for twice can forgive those who marched in front of his residence while his family was inside.”

      Our President stays focused on what is important. He knows who he is and why he’s here. He’s many steps ahead of his opponents. He doesn’t sweat the small, petty ignorance from the haters. He’s always moving forward. We should strive to follow his example.

  25. October 16, 2013 at 2:06 am

    The significance of 17 October 2013

    By this time tomorrow the entire world will be a very different place because of what our President will have done.


    #FiredUP ….. #ReadyToGO

    • October 16, 2013 at 2:12 am

      Something ‘Explosive’ seems only appropriate …..

      We Will Prevail

      And, We Will Celebrate our President’s victory, together, because a Majority of the MILLIONS of our fellow citizens are just as committed to the promise of America that we are!

      … time for some rest ….

      • 77 Dudette
        October 16, 2013 at 2:30 am

        Thanks Bob! Good tweetage as always! Rest well!

        • October 16, 2013 at 2:49 am

          Thank you Dudette.

          Am resigned to the fact that the night of 16 Oct 2013 will be no different than the night of 3 Nov 2008 and 5 Nov 2012.

          Those previous two nights I was awake all night pondering what kind of America would emerge if Barack Obama were elected & re-elected, respectively.

          By the night of 5 Nov 2012 I was totally aware that if he were not re-elected, the ‘American Promise’ was DOA. I was also fully cognizant that if he did win – if the majority of Americans won – then it was inevitable that all the forces of racism, misogyny, and fascistic plutocracy would pursue a coup d’etat.

          On this night, 16 Oct 2013, that coup d’etat is underway.

          By tomorrow night we, and the entire world, will know if it has any chance of success.

          For the sake of humanity, it better not.


  26. October 16, 2013 at 2:16 am

    Remember this? That woman knows she was wrong… just wrong! As wrong as wrong could be!

  27. 90 99ts
    October 16, 2013 at 2:27 am

    I just love Bridge over troubled water – family memories – thanks LL for the reminder

  28. 91 Dudette
    October 16, 2013 at 2:27 am

  29. 92 Dudette
    October 16, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Election Woot! We gained a seat in the House!!!! Oh yeh!

  30. 93 Dudette
    October 16, 2013 at 2:31 am

  31. 94 amk for obama
    October 16, 2013 at 2:33 am

  32. 96 Dudette
    October 16, 2013 at 2:37 am

  33. 97 Dudette
    October 16, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Alright New Jersey, let’s get this thing DONE!

    Step 1: Get out the vote for Cory Booker later today and send him to the Senate with a SLAM DUNK BLOWOUT!

    Step 2: Dump Chris Christie and send Barbara Buono to the Governor’s Mansion.

  34. 98 Dudette
    October 16, 2013 at 2:42 am

    Whoa! 😯

  35. 99 Dudette
    October 16, 2013 at 2:47 am

    I wonder why? Hmm….

  36. 100 Dudette
    October 16, 2013 at 2:48 am

  37. 101 Dudette
    October 16, 2013 at 2:52 am

    SeaTac = Seattle/Tacoma, Washington metropolitan area

    Your neck of the woods, Bobfr!

  38. 104 Dudette
    October 16, 2013 at 2:58 am

  39. 105 Dudette
    October 16, 2013 at 2:59 am

  40. 106 Dudette
    October 16, 2013 at 3:01 am

  41. 108 Dudette
    October 16, 2013 at 3:04 am

  42. 110 Dudette
    October 16, 2013 at 3:11 am

    Pay attention! This is a BFD!

  43. 112 Dudette
    October 16, 2013 at 3:15 am

  44. 113 Dudette
    October 16, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Can I get an “Amen”?

  45. 114 Dudette
    October 16, 2013 at 3:23 am

  46. 115 Dudette
    October 16, 2013 at 3:26 am

    Way to go Cali!

  47. 116 Dudette
    October 16, 2013 at 3:27 am

    NC, on the other hand, is in deep kimchee

    Let’s get to work NC Dems!

  48. 117 Dudette
    October 16, 2013 at 3:28 am

  49. 118 Dudette
    October 16, 2013 at 3:31 am

  50. 119 Dudette
    October 16, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Thoughts and prayers for Japan

  51. 120 Dudette
    October 16, 2013 at 3:37 am

    Boy, did this guy hit the name on the head.
    I’m so sick of people pointing to the monuments and parks as if those are the only things impacted by the shutdown.

  52. 121 Dudette
    October 16, 2013 at 3:38 am

    Cold splash of water in our collective faces

  53. 122 Dudette
    October 16, 2013 at 3:39 am

  54. 123 Dudette
    October 16, 2013 at 3:47 am

    I was looking for some soothing ambient music and ran across this. Loved the comment beneath the video on YouTube.

    Stellardrone ~ Pale Blue Dot

    weldonwin said:
    “Think on this. We live in an utterly amazing time. In the last century, we have unlocked the secrets of powered flight, split the atom, seen an information revolution, begun to explore the secrets of our own DNA and taken our first faltering steps towards the stars. We may not live to see where the road takes us, but I think we should take joy and hope in having seen mankind take those first steps. We are capable of terrible things, but also amazing things. Be Proud to be here, now.”

    I’m proud to be here with you TOD Family. Goodnight!

  55. 124 susanne
    October 16, 2013 at 5:58 am


    some early riser will win the cheezy puff jackpot! congrats chips. your work here supporting the president has made a huge difference to so many of us (~20 mil). i know it’s made a difference for barack obama. and i know he is grateful. as are we all.

  56. 130 Linda
    October 16, 2013 at 7:35 am

    When Boehner finally digs himself all the way to China…they will be waiting with an Invoice for shovel he used……..

    • 131 Ladyhawke
      October 16, 2013 at 7:54 am

      I can’t help but remember the constant refrain from President Obama as he was campaigning during the 2010 midterms. He told the American people not to give the keys back to the Republicans because they didn’t know how to drive. Truer words were never spoken. What has happened since then with the constant brinksmanship and especially in the last month with the CR/CL criss is a stone cold confirmation of PBO’s warning. This has been a complete and utter disaster for the Republican Party and the country. The damage they have caused is mind boggling. What the GOP has put the country through is criminal. A manufactured crisis that is nothing but dereliction of duty. Their oath of office has been rendered meaningless. They are unfit to govern. I just feel like they should all be arrested before they can do any more harm.

      • 132 Linda
        October 16, 2013 at 7:59 am

        2010 broke my heart…..

        Tens of thousands showed up at the rallies and then did not bother to vote……

        • 133 Ladyhawke
          October 16, 2013 at 8:05 am

          It breaks my heart too. I worked hard on that campaign. We will be paying the price for that loss for a long time. There was hope after the election of 2012 that the fever would break with the GOP nonsense. But we should have never expected that because they are sociopaths who think they should get their way all the time. They got cocky and overplayed their hand big time. And President Obama and the American people are fed up with the obstruction, sabotage and hostage taking. We have to throw the bums out in 2014. If this latest brinksmanship isn’t enough to have the American people making skid marks to the polls I don’t know what will.

  57. 135 Linda
    October 16, 2013 at 8:06 am

    This haunting picture says it all.. just look at the pain in those faces.

  58. 136 globalcitizenlinda
    October 16, 2013 at 8:25 am

    morning everyone

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