I have often heard complaints from local people about Western Music and its lack of depth. It is perceived as noisy clutter with poor melodic content. According to them, the lyrics seem to only talk about inconsequential boy-girl issues with no poetic values while the relentless primitive beat can only awaken the most basic instincts in oneself. Unfortunately the mush, dished out by the Channel Vs and MTVs of the current Indian TV scenario, has reinforced this notion. I can assure you that this is not true and can prove it too! The diversity of western Pop music has to be heard to be believed and dance music is just one genre in the world of Western music. To illustrate my point, there can be no better example than Simon and Garfunkel, the Folk Rock heroes of the sixties and one of the biggest selling artistes of the 20th century.
Influenced by one of the earliest vocal duos,
the Everly Brothers, this act entered the Pop Music world under the innocuous
name of "Tom and Jerry" and actually scored a
Paul Simon, the principal songwriter of the duo, was also an incredibly gifted music composer who had the knack of coming out with great melodies, fabulous voicings and clever words that mesmerized the audience. He was also blessed with a singing voice that was touching and personal. It almost felt like he was whispering the words in your ear. Garfunkel, on the other hand, had a heavenly voice with a towering range. Together, they were dynamite and were soon to conquer the world with a series of albums that seemed to get better with every day! Within a year, the album " Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme" was to follow. It contained one of their biggest international hits "Mrs. Robinson" which was featured in the soundtrack of the movie hit "The Graduate". Also songs like "At The Zoo" and "Fakin' It" which further reinforced the reputation of the songwriting genius, Simon.
My favorite album "Bookends" was to
follow. Simon and Garfunkel now seemed to found the maturity to craft an
outstanding work of Art that would become the preferred album of choice for
millions of Americans of that time. "
Later, Simon embarked on a successful solo
career that resulted in some great and very successful albums. Garfunkel also
recorded solo albums which, although less successful than Simon's, were always
critically acclaimed. Since the break in 1970, numerous attempts to unite the
duo have failed although the two have got together to do a number of shows
together. One such memorable event was captured on tape in "The Concert in