My friend Chuck is a follower and frequent comment-leaver (#2 for 2013!) of this blog.
His first comment of 2014 was left on my first post of 2014 – Happy New Year.
Chuck wrote: “Just like a hazy shade of winter.”
Thanks to my wife’s extensive knowledge of Top 40 music from the 1960’s, I soon found the song that Chuck was referencing. “A Hazy Shade of Winter” by Simon & Garfunkel was right there on the second side of our LP copy of Bookends, the duo’s classic 1968 album.
Thanks to Wikipedia, I learned that all of the songs on the second side of Bookends were “unused songs intended for The Graduate soundtrack.”
And there among those songs on the second side of that album, songs rejected by the producers of the movie, The Graduate, I found a very old and dear friend: “Punky’s Dilemma.”
I hadn’t thought of that song in years. I hadn’t listened to that song in years. (I haven’t played and sung that song in years, either.)
I have just listened to it again (twice actually) and oh, what a joy it was. It put such a big smile on my face that I simply had to share the song – and, I hope, the smile – with all of you.
So, ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you: “Punky’s Dilemma” by Simon & Garfunkel.