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Scott Immergut, he of the Blue Yeti microphone and benevolent kingship Ricochet.com, has kindly offered to let me tell everyone here about my new weekly newsletter. It’s free — hurrah — and I send it out every week, on Saturday mornings. It includes a round-up of everything I’ve done during the previous week, as well as the rotating music, television, restaurant, and tech sections from my old newsletter, Café Americano.
If you want a preview, you can read all of this week’s newsletter here. And here’s an excerpt of the music section, which is a representative sample of the non-political bits:
What I’m . . . Listening To
A chance joke at National Review about the word Parsley led to a subsequent joke about the album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, which led in turn to a debate about the best Simon and Garfunkel song, which led to me playing on repeat the best Simon and Garfunkel song, which, science tells us, is without a doubt, The Only Living Boy in New York:
Naturally, this is just, like, my opinion, man. Indeed, one could get away with picking pretty much any track from the album that The Only Living Boy in New York is on and calling it the “best.” That record, which was their final offering, only has eleven tracks on it, and among them are:
- Bridge over Troubled Water
- Keep the Customer Satisfied
- So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright
- The Boxer
- Baby Driver
- Why Don’t You Write Me
- Song for the Asking
It’s an embarrassment of riches.
But, I think that The Only Living Boy in New York takes the cake because it sums up all that was great about the duo in a single song. It has the open sound and travel-story quality of an America; the ethereal backdrop of a The Boxer; the on/off harmonies of a Keep the Customer Satisfied or a Flowers Never Bend with the Rainfall; and the impossibly beautiful melody of a Bridge Over Troubled Water or an April Come She Will.
A fun and instructive musical game to play is to think about which single song you would play an alien if you had just one chance to convey what your favorite band sounds like. I think The Only Living Boy in New York does that. And also, my Dad likes it, so I’m biased.
I also mentioned the Florida v. Alabama game, but we won’t dwell too long on that.