How I came to be an Art Garfunkel fan and what he means to me.
I figured it was finally time I shared how I became and Artie fan and what he means to me. Back in 1975 my mom bought the Breakaway album when it came out. Fast forward about 20 years to the 90’s and I’m a little kid. She would put the record on and tell me I should listen to it because its a good album and his voice is very angelic sounding. I would listen to it and 99 Miles From LA always stood out to me, probably why its my favorite song.
Growing up, my parents always had the local oldies station on so I was always hearing Simon and Garfunkel. The Sound Of Silence was always one of my favorites and even as a kid I knew The Boxer was one of the greatest songs ever.
When I was about 19 my parents got a Simon and Garfunkel greatest hits CD. Anytime I had to go somewhere I found myself taking the CD with me and listening to it as I was driving.
When I got my first mp3 player the very first song I put on it was The Sound Of Silence. Not long after that I had 99 Miles From LA on there. As time went on I put more and more S&G songs on there.
Fast forward to 2012 and suddenly I find myself really liking S&G and particularly Artie. Listening to their music wasn’t enough. I wanted to everything know about them.
Artie had always been my favorite. I loved his voice and his curly blonde hair. The more I read about him the more I liked him. He has a great sense of humor. He comes across as very kindhearted, humble and gracious. He respects his fans and just all around seems like a good person. The more I read about him the more I loved him. I read every article I could find about him.
I very much admire and respect his courage and determination to perform publicly while working to get his voice back. I like that he is a family man and is always talking about how much he loves his wife and kids. I like that he is gracious and respectful to his fans.
His music speaks to me in a way no other music ever has. Breakaway will always be my favorite Artie album. Watermark is his masterpiece and I know its not a popular opinion, but I absolutely LOVE Fate For Breakfast.
I think he is a good actor. This post wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention Bad Timing and my love for it. It really is the best and my favorite thing he did.
In time I decided to start a blog about him and it was one of the best things I ever did. Because of my blog I met one of my absolute favorite and best friends rattling-the-teacups.tumblr.com/ and we have had some great times hanging out together.
I will end this with my favorite Artie experience. His February 07, 2014 Atlanta concert. Being front row, center and about 6 feet away from him was incredible. He puts on an amazing show and there were a few times I felt like crying. I was so happy to get to ask him a question during the Q&A part of the show. And hearing his thoughtful answer of why The Concert in Central Park is his favorite career moment is something I’ll never forget nor will I forget how he maintained eye contact with me the whole time he was answering the question.
Seeing him in concert and having him answer my question just made me love and respect him even more. He is just an incredible human being in so many ways and I will always have a special place in my heart for the frightened gazelle.