Saturday, January 10, 2015

Saturday Night at The Liberal Curmudgeon: Simon and Garfunkel Live

Simon and Garfunkel performed "Hazy Shade of Winter" during their reunion concert at Madison Square Garden, December 2, 2003. I now realize that my mental setting for this essential winter song is erroneous. When the duo sang "Down by the riverside" and "manuscripts of unpublished rhyme," I pictured another of Paul Simon's New York City songs, this one about a troubled poet wandering around Riverside Drive in Manhattan. Yet the fact that the lyrics on the official Paul Simon site include the word "riverside" in lower case belies this interpretation. Regardless, I've had this association too long to change it. I still see a discontented writer rambling around the Upper West Side as the Salvation Army plays and the leaves turn brown in Riverside Park.


Michael J. Mand said...

I've always believed that once an artists releases his (her) work to the public, he (she) relinquishes the right to dictate its meaning - in spite of the original intention. The responsibility for interpretation now rests on the listener or viewer. I also assume that both the artist and the audience want it that way.

Jeff Tone said...

Yes, but my interpretation was flawed, as it was based on an incorrect point of punctuation.