Paul Simon wrote “The Only Living Boy in New York” for Art Garfunkel who was off to do a movie, as their musical partnership was fading. So it’s a kind of bromance song. Then the movie “Garden State” gave this Simon and Garfunkel song new energy for me with the cast donned in plastic trash bags, standing over the vast chasm in the pouring rain.
But what really gets me is the angelic chorus of, “Here I am.” I often tear up when I get to that part because it purges my soul and opens my heart to my unknown tomorrow, and somehow draws me nearer to my loves on the other side.
And that is why I feel compelled to post this song today. Yesterday morning a dear nine-year-old boy was released from his ravaged body that the “black Legos” stole. A more mournful song just won’t do. I want angels surrounding him on his new journey. This fits.
“I know you’ve been eager to fly now. Hey let your honesty shine, shine, shine now.”
For you, T.H.