A few weeks ago I posted on Twitter that Art Garfunkel was my new favorite person in the whole world. I then got blasted by a member of my own family about how NO ONE picks Art over Paul Simon. When I asked why, I was told that Art had weird hair, and Paul had a better solo career.
Here I would like to give you my few reasons for choosing Garfunkel over Simon.
Simon and Garfunkel, as you may know, were highly popular back in the 50s and 60s. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame in 1990, and are considered to be one of the most talented groups ever. Some of there best known songs, such as “The Sound of Silence,” and “Mrs. Robinson” have been covered hundreds, if not thousands of times.
At some point during the 60s, they broke up and went their separate directions (they would reunite later). And yes, it is quite true. Paul Simon had a much better solo career then did Art Garfunkel. However, that is not what I made my judgement call on. And no, hair isn’t it either.
It’s because of a single clip I watched. Perhaps that is a little bit to small of a sampling. But remember, people used to predict the future based on what bone came up on top of a pile.
You Cannot Be Bored
In this clip Simon and Garfunkel are performing at the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert. The song? The Sound of Silence. A classic. Throughout the whole song, Art is just obviously having an incredible time singing. He’s animated, emotional, and all that. Simon on the other hand? Flat line. He looks downright bored throughout most of the song. For a good example of “bored” check out 2:56 in the video below.
In a performance, you (the performer) cannot be bored. A bored performer makes for a bored audience. And a bored audience makes for an audience that doesn’t come back next time.
Now obviously, they are both old, and they are not going to be jumping all over the stage and doing trust falls into the crowd. But who’s conveying all the energy here? Is it Simon? No. It’s Garfunkel. Now they weren’t exactly up there long, so the audience didn’t have time to get bored. But it serves as a relatively good example of what you should not do.
He was a little better in The Boxer, but Garfunkel still won out.