You have to have been born elsewhere, and likely in another century, not to be familiar with the recordings of Simon and Garfunkel. What a pleasant surprise to turn on the television this evening and stumble across a VH1 Thanksgiving weekend special celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame taped in October 2009 at Madison Square Garden, and finding Paul Simon welcoming Art Garfunkel to join him for a special performance. They looked old (as do we) but they sounded great, and it was wonderful to see them finish each piece with an affectionate glance and hug.
But, alas, those days are no longer. We used to look forward to Art singing in concert at the NJ Performing Arts Center in Newark. The sound of his voice was magnificent in the acoustically balanced philharmonic hall, but his voice has been silenced. Paul still seems to be going strong. In fact, he’s due to perform at the NJ PAC tomorrow night – a fact that escaped me until this evening or we surely would have gone. No matter where they perform around the world, he and Art will always be metro New York icons, more poignant now than ever to think of them as musical twin towers.