The author of a book I was reading recently kept mentioning A Bridge Over Troubled Waters written by Paul Simon and sung by Art Garfunkel at time when they were friends and worked as a duet to create some beautiful music. I couldn’t remember the last time I heard that beautiful, soothing song, it must have been decades ago and with little effort it played on YouTube and the lyrics rolled easily through my mind. It felt as though I was reconnecting with an old friend. The song was released in January, 1970, a time when I was stationed in the Far East and life was good.
Memories of not just the times, but also the emotions of those days reigned. Nothing spells optimism better than a twenty-something that is just starting to change the world, a world that just spins on ignoring the brashness of that dewy youth. Is it only memories that make it seem so fine blurring the angst and questioning that is so appropriate of that time of one’s life or is it a better understanding of life at a time when most of the questions are answered and contentment is the mode of the day. For some questions, there just are no true answers only multiple opinions.
It seems a miracle that a song released so long ago can evoke so much emotion, but it does and I, for one, am thankful for it. It stirs this old soul to remember how free and alive you felt and see the path that was followed step by step getting to the here and now. Life is as good as you make it for yourself and those around you reminding me of my best friend’s post which stated, “Our days are happier when we give people a piece of our heart rather than a piece of our mind.”
Ladies and gentlemen, may I have the honor of presenting Simon and Garfunkel with “A Bridge Over Troubled Waters”