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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I'm Exhausted with All the Craziness and Ugliness. Take a Break with a Musical Interlude.

Many of you may have seen the new Honda commercial for the Accord "Sun". For all you baby boomers, here's a question: what song is sung in the commercial and do you know which group sang the song?

The commercial takes you back to a time when songs had melodies, talented musicians, and master songwriters. Watch the youtube clip and see youthful photographs of a duo now considered senior citizens.

This is your music lesson for the day. And unlike one person on the internet who asked "who sang the song on the Honda commercial" and thought it was an "Indie" artist (sigh), no, this song has been around for more years than I care to remember.

Perhaps extraordinary music should be played more often just as classical literature should be studied in English class. There is craft in both music and literature that should be studied for structural reasons and the lessons they impart.

In this time of extreme disharmony, enjoy the unforgettable ethereal harmonies and hopeful lyrics of Simon and Garfunkel singing "The Only Living Boy in New York".

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