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What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

April, Come She Will

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@Columbia Records

@Columbia Records

In high school, our music teacher/school disciplinarian (a terrifying combination, by the way) used to give us some fairly creative assignments. As much as she and I butted heads on the discipline stuff, she nonetheless really inspired me to explore music in ways I hadn’t previously considered. She once sent us home to work on reinterpreting a piece of music in another style without changing anything but the tempo and instruments. Since this was during my Andrés Segovia phase, I turned “Dueling Banjos” into a classical guitar piece with a slow walking pace, and I still remember how proud I was of how well it worked. (Guitar players, try it sometime. It’s surprisingly lovely!)

One of my favorite assignments was when she told us to write and sing (or play) a new harmony with a recorded piece of music. I chose my favorite Simon and Garfunkel B-side, April Come She Will. The song (and my harmony) has stayed with me for 30+ years, and I love it still.

Just imagine me harmonizing along . . .

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

26 thoughts on “April, Come She Will

  1. I find this very interesting. I’ll take your Dueling Banjos challenge. I’m not much of a singer and greatly admire you folks who can sing harmonies. I can get a phrase now and then but it ultimately falls apart. Can’t seem to unlock the secret. And after listening to April Come She Will, I think I’ll turn on my S&G Pandora station. Hope you have a great day.

    Joe

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  2. A great choice – Simon and Garfunkel always inspire deep feeling with wonderful melodies, harmonies, and poetry.

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  3. Oh yes, love Simon & Garfunkel. Thanks for this bit of beauty this morning.

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  4. Terrifying combo of a woman in many ways…. I have permanently deleted most memories she has anything to do with… This was nice, very nice. Thanks for sharing something K.S. did that was good!

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  5. This afternoon I’ve been listening to Ryan Adams’ cover album of Taylor Swift’s 1989. I think your music teacher would be impressed.

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  6. It’s the record’s album cover that does it. Or, do I say: It’s the LP or vinyl’s cover now? Mine’s a bit chewed by shelves and time and maybe a cat.

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  7. Re-interpreting Simon and Garfunkel ala Alan Zweibel.
    Cast as fiction, but it’s his actual story.

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  8. That album should have been retitled “SHUT UP.”

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