Friday, March 20, 2009

Inspired By: Simon and Garfunkel

Feeling Groooovy

By now you've probably realized I am stuck in the 60's and 70's with my favourite music choices. Guilty as charged!

I started listening to Simon and Garfunkel after hearing 'America' on the Almost Famous soundtrack (which was the soundtrack to my first trip to New Zealand in 2001). Of course, I had always been more than aware of the band, since again, it was boat music that I grew up on thanks to my dad. But it wasn't till later that I really started collecting all their albums...which then led me to collect all of Paul Simon's albums. I might even be a bigger fan of Paul Simon solo than in the duo - it's a different sound, for sure - but I decided to just group them into one.

My favourite Paul Simon songs are "Graceland," "50 Ways to Leave your Lover," "Kodachrome," "My Little Town"(performed with Garfunkel), "You can call me Al," with my absolute favourite being "Slip Sliding Away":

I know a woman, became a wife
These are the very words she uses to describe her life
She said a good day aint got no rain
She said a bad day is when I lie in the bed
And I think of things that might have been

This song and it's lyrics make so sad because it's so true. We're all slip sliding away as the years go on. Try so hard to rush and get somewhere, anywhere, all the while losing sight of what's in front of us.

Then there is the formidable duo (though I'm still unsure what Garfunkel's part was in all this since Simon still wrote and sang most songs).

My heart sinks (beautifully) when I listen to: The Boxer, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Old Friends/Bookends, Sound of Silence, Scarborough Fair/Canticle, El Condor Pasa (if I only could, I surely would).

My heart sings when I hear: America, Keep the Customer Satisfied, Fakin' it, Feeling Groovy, I am Rock, Homeward Bound, and of course, Cecilia. I wrote a whole script around that last song!

Simon and Garfunkel remind me of those "carefree" and romantisized days of the 60's and 70's, sunshine and flowers masking all the political turmoil. I like to this my outfit captured this: bright and cheery, in motion, dark clouds on the horizon.

Dress: ASOS; Flats: Kate Spade; Clutch + Belt: Forever 21; Gold bamboo racelet + agate earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane


The Clothes Horse said...

That dress is so fun and spring-y! I also adore the pictures of you running around.

Couture Carrie said...

How fabulously dramatic is that first photo?! Love that dress on you, darling - blue is definitely your color!


Gina said...

the last picture is my favorite, you look so cute and giddy :)

<3 the happy spring dress, have a fabulous weekend!

Rachel said...

Okay, so Simon & Garfunkel are my fave of all times, and that dress is just amazing! I gotta get me some S & G inspired clothes! :)

Holly said...

that dress is a winner! these photos remind me of a photoshoot kirsten dunst did for instyle. very nice!!

Odette said...

Ahhh the Kate Spade flats!!!!!! :)

Your comment made me feel so much better today. I know they say misery loves company, but just knowing that someone else went through the same thing as me makes me feel soooooo much better (like I am not completely crazy!) Merci from the bottom of my heart!

Alice said...

i WISH i could wear tights without my legs feeling all constricted and scratchy, because every time you post a new outfit it makes me want to put on a fun dress!!

i just learned that i don't have cecelia on my ipod the other day and i just about fainted from the shock. HOW DO I NOT HAVE THIS SONG HANDY AT ALL TIMES?

MizzJ said...

That dress is so cute, you look just like a 60s flower child! Scarborough Fair has been one of my favourite songs ever since I was a child and first learned to play it on the piano; it's such a haunting melody that sticks with you forever.

modern antoinette said...

I love those pictures and your outfit. The looks is simply adorable.

Sorry about the braids...I guess hick hair really does help and let me tell you, i've got so many that I could probably give some It can me fun but it is definitly a pain to blow dry.

Have a fun week end darling.

Anonymous said...

Love the hair and the setting for the photos is fabulous!

You've received an award on my blog! :)

The Queen of Hearts said...

That is such a darling clutch! I actually thought it was a Marc Jacobs! And I love the saturation in your photographs. I'm guessing you aren't from America because the hues are just too rich for any particular region of the country that I can think of right now (unless, perhaps you are in maybe the southwestern or southeastern, but I imagine it would be a bit more dry or wet).

My first time here, and it certainly won't be my last.

Amelia said...

That first picture is super-cool. I love the dress with the shoes. So cute!

Eleh said...

what great colour combination!

Julia mode said...

Amazing dreess , and i looove your photos ;) xxx

Anonymous said...

sooo pretty! I love that print on the dress--gorgeous!
PS I LOVE the Boxer...even though it makes me sad as well. :-)

Emz said...

Simon and Garfunkel are fantastic! Your dress is absolutely gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

lovely shoes:)

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♥ Marta ♥ said...

you're such a cutie this entire look so pretty and perfect for the spring :)

DaisyChain said...

What fun photographs! I adore your dress, the yellow pumps are the perfect finish.

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x Maegan said...

I LOVE your outfit! ...especially the yellow shoes! The first photo is fabulous!

Vegas Princess said...

You are entirely too adroable! Were those clouds really THAT ominous behind you?

Ashleigh said...

when I saw this I immediately thought little house on the prairie....but a sexxxy spiced up version...I love this look..Your photos are always so fun