Simon & Garfunkel‘s Bookends was released on my birthday 3 April. I think we all like when something special happens on our birthday. My mother’s birthday is 4 April and I happen to know that Martin Luther King was murdered that day. I guess I got the better end of that deal.
I cannot believe I am going to say this, but I might as well do it right away. This is a great album. I listened to it all the way through and only rolled my eyes once at “Mrs. Robinson“. It is an overrated song. What the hell is a Koo-koo-ka-choo?
The only other song that I did not exactly love was “A Hazy Shade of Winter“. I prefer the first version I ever heard by The Bangles. It seems to be trending a bit now because of a new clip for a Netflix series The Umbrella Academy has a new version of the song by the former lead singer of My Chemical Romance.
The best songs on the album are “America“, “Old Friends“, and “Fakin’ It“. These are the ones that I will listen to a lot more. “America” is about a couple hitchhiking across the country. It is an epic song. We are all looking for the best America we can find for ourselves.
“Old Friends” is a melancholy tale of two old men, two old friends,
“Old friends, old friends,
Sat on their park bench like bookends”
Old friends are not something I have many of in my life. I see people with best friends their whole lives, but I have not been that fortunate. Life is ironic. The things we want the most are the things we cannot usually get. I had a horrible childhood and I never had friends when I was little so I always wanted a best friend. I wanted someone to talk to, to listen to, and to share adventures with. The two times it almost happened I was fooled and devastated. I would never trust that way again.
I can relate to “Fakin’ It“. I have the imposter syndrome too. Anytime I accomplish anything I think it was actually given to me or I deceived my way into getting it. I finally graduated college in 2017, but I feel it was all fake. Nothing in my life has changed since graduation. I am still struggle to pay my debts and I could not get my degree since I owe Colorado State University. Everything in my life is a struggle.
This is an amazing album. I did not realize it would give me so many feelings. The songs I did not mention are great too, but just not as great. Go listen to this album on Spotify. 9.5/10.