Some things were meant to be.
I was walking with a friend the other day and she mentioned that she was thinking about going to the Simon and Garfunkel play that was at the Gallagher Bluedorn in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She was a little bummed as the friend she asked to go, wasn’t available. She thought she might go herself but lamented it’s always more fun to go with someone else.
I laughed and said that was funny because I was going to ask Karl to go but he was going to be out of town. Then when he wasn’t available, I decided to just skip it.
I ended up inviting myself to go with her. It was serendipity.
The day of the show I had childcare and asked the parents to pick up by 5 pm or so in an effort to help me get out of the house and to the event in time. It was a no school day here so I had some of the school-aged kids here. I adore those days!!
The kids were busy doing my hair and nails. They were “extra careful” after I told them I was going with someone that they knew. As we were chatting they asked me what I was doing. I told them I was going to play type performance. Then I grabbed my phone and put Youtube on. I typed in Simon and Garfunkel and the first song that came up was…
Sound of Silence. The girls squealed. They knew that song. WHAT?? How do second graders know this song?? They told me that it was part of the music from the movie Trolls. I thought that was so cute. 50 years later, that song was new to young kids. How fun!
When the parents came to pick up, they told me a story. The two parents work together at the same place. On break, they looked up the name of the theater as they were curious to see what show I was going to. It said, Simon and Garfunkel. Neither knew who it was. Isn’t it funny that the 8 years old kids knew a song but the parents didn’t know the group??
The parents ended up looking up Simon and Garfunkel and found they knew several of their songs.
I thought it was a fun story…
The story actually continues. I was driving to the performance and Buck called me. He said, “You’re in the car driving. Where are you going?”
I told him to a Simon and Garfunkel performance. Then I asked if he knew who that was. He said, “Isn’t the performers who one of them got killed by the tiger?”
WHAT??? No. That is not who Simon and Garfunkel are.
Then I told them they sing the songs Sound of Silence and Bridge over Troubled Water. He laughed and said that was his second guess…
So the performance was fun. It was good to get out and do something. I had fun with my friend and I hope we do more things. The show was a cross between tribute band and history of the duo. I loved learning about what influenced them and how they managed their careers. It was all very interesting. Although I was born in 1965, I remember little to nothing about the 60s…and little of the early 70s. I appreciate learning more about that time.
So…Curiously, how many of you knew who Simon and Garfunkel were? Did you have to google it? Did you immediately know the songs they sang?