Sunday Suggestion – Simon and Garfunkel – A Hazy Shade of Winter

Bookends was the fourth studio album released by one of the worlds most talented duo’s; Simon & Garfunkel in 1968, yet it’s origins lie in Paul Simon being approached to write the soundtrack to ‘The Graduate’ film in 1967 and it makes up a sizable amount of the album. It saw them both propel themselves onto a new level musically and commercially and beyond the limits of the folk-rock tag that they reinforced with Parsley,Sage Rosemary and Thyme. ‘A Hazy Shade of Winter’ is a track reflective of this important and fluid change in their sound. Using much the same tools, they carve out a rapid, punchy and urgent track with all the melody and harmony of any good Simon & Garfunkel track. The driving acoustic chords fall into a meander and are backed up with a snappy beat with the faint organs tying the song’s instrumentals up nicely. An efficient and quick-fire track with a relevant lyrical undertones for this time of year.

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