Like many of you, I'm familiar with the 1970s hit song, Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel. Yes, I know the tune did not mean a physical bridge (part) like this one.
It's not a totally unfamiliar sight to see a bridge part that's not over water, but a flatbread truck traveling on the highway. This one was spotted sometime last summer as evidenced by the greenery. (Sights that make me think of odd things are always saved for future use.)
Bridge over Troubled Water was composed by American singer-songwriter Paul Simon and recorded by the Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel in January 1970 and was the title of their fifth studio album. Art Garfunkel performs lead vocals over a piano accompaniment with a strong influence of gospel music. The original studio recording used elements of Phil Spector's Wall of Sound technique and Los Angeles session musicians from the Wrecking Crew.
If it's one of your favorites, then enjoy hearing again. This is not one of my favorites, but it's a favorite of Grenville's and so many other people, perhaps more so now than ever.
Considered their signature song, the tune became the duo's biggest hit single, selling over 6 million copies. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks, topped charts in the UK, Canada, France, and New Zealand, and was a top five hit in eight other countries. It ranked No. 48 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It's one of the 20th century's most performed songs, covered by artists, like Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, and Johnny Cash.
The Wall of Sound is a popular music production technique Spector developed in the 1960s, in which many musicians perform the same instruments/parts in unison and the sound is then re-recorded in an echo chamber. The Wrecking Crew was a loose collective of L.A. based session musicians used for thousands of 1960s and 1970s studio recordings, including hundreds of Top 40 hits. Although the musicians were not publicly recognized/credited then, many have since become well-known, including keyboardist Leon Russell and guitarist Glen Campbell, who became popular solo acts. Drummer Hal Blaine popularized the name in a 1990 memoir, also the title of a documentary (with ads) on YouTube, The Wrecking Crew.
Another interesting and informative music documentary (available on Netflix) is the 2019 film, Echo In The Canyon. Hosted by Jakob Dylan (Bob's son) it celebrates popular music that came out of L.A.’s Laurel Canyon neighborhood in the mid-60s as folk went electric and the Byrds, the Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and the Mamas and the Papas cemented the California Sound.
Enjoy Your Weekend Everyone
In Nashua, NH, it will be clear and in the 30's.