9.01.2011

Music Challenge, Day 21: A Song That You Listen To When You're Happy

Oh, we're still doing this challenge? Oh right, ok...

It's funny to choose a Simon and Garfunkel song for this category. Because Simon, and his sidekick Garfunkel, are always...so...depressing. And emotional. And DRAMATIC.

But I don't know what it is about this song. I love playing it on sunny days, to match my sunny disposition. And I think I figured out why.

This song is about accepting things they way they are, even if there's a bit of a melancholy acceptance there. I know the background on the lyrics, and it's detailing the break-up of the duo that is Simon and Garfunkel. But Simon sings with such a positive perspective that you realize--he knows it's time for a change.

I believe that true happiness comes from accepting change, from knowing there are seasons in life, and being at peace with knowing you won't always be mind-blowingly happy all year round. Simon gets that. In his lyrics, in his tone, he understands. He sings, "Half of time we're gone but we don't know where, we don't know where..."

And, I love the line: "I get the news I need on the weather report...hey, I've got nothing to do today but smile..."

I'm smiling too. Not everything is perfect. Not every day is journal-worthy. Still, I've got happiness here. I've got peace here.

I'm the only living girl...in San Diego.

:P

The Challenge so far:
day 08 - a song that you know all the words to
day 18 - a song that you wish you heard on the radio

6 comments:

  1. I love this song! I'm so glad you chose this one, I haven't heard it in ages :) Great taste!

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  2. ha, thanks :) I really love this song as well! Obviously!

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  3. That song is featured in the movie Garden State (Zach Braff, Natalie Portman). Its used really well there. One of S&G's best. Have you listened to April Come She Will? On the Graduate soundtrack. Also really good. One reason I can watch that movie over and over and over is because of the music. Plastics.

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  4. I've heard a lot of S&G but I don't think I've heard that one? I'll look it up though.

    I even like their really dramatic pieces...like dangling conversation and the sound of silence. haha. SO DRAMATIC!!!!

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  5. Oh, you're getting close to the end. I'm going to try to get one done tonight. I'm on day 12. I bet you can already guess who'll appear. I actually love this song. Never was very fond of Garfunkel's voice, but this is one of their best recordings. Good choice!

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