Music Monday: Are you "feeling groovy" this morning?

Posted By on October 12, 2020

Some of the best songs of a generation or music decade are the ones that make you feel good … or “groovy.” The 59th Street Bridge Song by folk music duo Simon and Garfunkel from the 1960s was one of those. To be sure, it was a tumultuous decade to be growing up, but it also had a generation who really wanted to The59thStBridgeSong_HarpersBezarrelive in a world with far more “love and peace” ArtGarfunkelPaulSimon_Jazz_Fest_2010than we are seeing today.  I can’t help but smile at some of the slang used in the “far out” 60s … but some of it can help me from “feeling groovy.”

Simon and Garfunkel were not the only group to record this song, but did have it first on the B-side of their album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme album. The group Harpers Bizarre recorded it a year later in 1967 and ran it up the charts to #14 on Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the Easy Listening chart. Eventually Simon and Garfunkel released it as the B-side of a single in 1967 and then again in 1971 on the A-side.

So for Music Monday, here’s the Harpers Bizarre version and the Simon and Garfunkel versions from my mp3 music archive.

  Harpers Bizarre – The 59th Street Bridge Song | 1967
  Simon and Garfunkel – The 59th Street Bridge Song

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Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.
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