Late Bloomer

My Songshine Sounds blog co-host KK published a fun new prompt last week. She has called it Where were you Tuesday.

The idea is that she presents a song, and we respond with our memories of it. Where we heard it, what we were doing at the time, and so on. For the second edition, she has chosen “Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover” by Paul Simon.

Last week’s track didn’t give me anything, but I got strong vibes from this one. I am a Paul Simon fan. Aren’t we all? From my recollection of responses to the Song Lyric Sunday prompt, anytime somebody posted Simon and/or Garfunkel, it gained universal approval.

When Fifty Ways was first released in 1975. I was seven. My parents tuned in to the local talk radio, so there are almost no songs that I remember from that age. Incidentally, that was not what I wanted for my child – I think music should be an integral part of a child’s upbringing. Baby Bump and I used to skank to Bob Marley to send her to sleep at night.

But I was left to discover music on my own, however, and one band that I found in my early teens, c 1980, was Simon and Garfunkel. I was way behind the curve – while I was sitting there thinking “wow, their music really speaks to me”, most of it was by then already fifteen years old.

But at least they were now on my radar, and it was about this time that I became aware of this track. In fact, I have a pretty good idea of the exact date, even. Or thereabouts.

On September 19, 1981, Simon and Garfunkel played a reunion concert in Central Park, and as a new devotee, it was a must-see when it finally hit UK TV screens. And this song featured in that show.

It’s funny because I’m now in my fifties and I regard Simon and Garfunkel as my earliest musical love affair. It’s lasted ever since.


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