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Old 09-22-2017, 07:00 PM
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Default "Old Friends/Bookends" by Paul Simon (cover)



This is my solo cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Old Friends/Bookends" song from their 1968 Bookends album. As I am singing the song solo, there is no vocal harmony part to the song, so it has a very different feel from the way Simon & Garfunkel performed this song. There is a lot of quiet space in this song, so that every breath seems to sound huge.

I do smile fairly obviously in the midst of this song after I sing, "... how terribly strange to be seventy..." I will be turning 70 in only a few months. Truth is, it doesn't feel strange at all.

The guitar is my Santa Cruz OM/PW with D'Addario EJ16 (PB, light) strings.

Thanks so much for listening!

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Old 09-22-2017, 08:52 PM
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Beautiful version,really enjoyed that.I like those opening chords.Reminds me of Eric Satie's Gymnopedie.
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Glenn, a remarkable tour down memory lane with this song! A pause, a reflection, "a time it was".............
Thanks for the journey on a Friday night..........playing/singing just beautiful.

From a 70 year old guy on the east coast!
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Beautiful version,really enjoyed that.I like those opening chords.Reminds me of Eric Satie's Gymnopedie.
Hi FB,

Thank you! I'm glad you like this!

And I have had the same reaction to the chords in Eric Satie's Les Trois Gymnopedies; I think Paul Simon borrowed those same chords for "Old Friends!" How very observant of you!

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Glenn, a remarkable tour down memory lane with this song! A pause, a reflection, "a time it was".............
Thanks for the journey on a Friday night..........playing/singing just beautiful.

From a 70 year old guy on the east coast!
Thank you very much, Fred!

And you are right -- a pause, a reflection... I'm quite sure Paul Simon had exactly that in mind! One of your recent comments reminded me of this song and so I felt I had to record this!

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Beautiful version,really enjoyed that.I like those opening chords.Reminds me of Eric Satie's Gymnopedie.
Beat me to it!! Great job brother. I'd never heard this tune until now, and I thought I was a big fan of Paul. I'm gonna go ahead and say great job regardless that I haven heard the original.. interested to hear it after I'm done typing here
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You don't look strange.....

Really nice job with that.
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Thank you very much, Fred!

And you are right -- a pause, a reflection... I'm quite sure Paul Simon had exactly that in mind! One of your recent comments reminded me of this song and so I felt I had to record this!

- Glenn
Thanks Glenn.....very cool to know that!
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Just wonderful. 2 great S&G songs B2B. Can't beat that.

And you look and sound great for 70. Keep it up!!

I just turned 65 myself, and was lamenting my passage in to old age and Medicare. My best friend jolted me back to reality by reminding me of people who never got the chance to turn 65.

We are blessed more than we realize.
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Beat me to it!! Great job brother. I'd never heard this tune until now, and I thought I was a big fan of Paul. I'm gonna go ahead and say great job regardless that I haven heard the original.. interested to hear it after I'm done typing here
Hi Dustin,

Thank you very much for your thoughts and comments! I am so glad you like this!

I, personally, like this song from Simon and Garfunkel a great deal. The harmony seems to be perfect for my tastes. Here is a live version of S&G:


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You don't look strange.....

Really nice job with that.
Thank you Murph!

I very much appreciate your listening and commenting!

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Just wonderful. 2 great S&G songs B2B. Can't beat that.

And you look and sound great for 70. Keep it up!!

I just turned 65 myself, and was lamenting my passage in to old age and Medicare. My best friend jolted me back to reality by reminding me of people who never got the chance to turn 65.

We are blessed more than we realize.
Hi MrDB,

Yes, we are blessed to be able to make it till old age! Thanks so much for listening and commenting! I'm very pleased that you like this version!

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Just beautiful Glenn. One of my favorite albums.
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Fine playing and singing, Glenn. Lots of feeling and great touch!
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I already told you my comment on YouTube but once again, great job, enjoyed very much !
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