1) The bridge that inspired this song is The Queensboro Bridge in New York City. Are you near a bridge right now as you answer these 9 questions? Yes. I’m under it. It’s the Bridge to Our Sisters of the Tiny Breasts. They’ve been hiding. I’m gonna get to the bottom of this.
2) Paul Simon says he “loathes” this song and only performs it because fans want to hear it. What’s your favorite Paul Simon song? “A Most Peculiar Man”. My 14 Year-old girlfriend (when I was 14 too) would wear out the “Sounds of Silence” LP while getting naked.
3) “Groovy” is such a 1960s word. What common word/phrase from 2020 do you predict will sound just as silly and quaint some day? Back it up lady. “Groovy” has been around from the ’40s. The phrase was “Groovy as an Old Time Movie”.
4) Paul is a lifelong Yankees fan and was thrilled to meet his all-time idol, Joe DiMaggio. Mr. DiMaggio was, at first, less than thrilled to meet Paul because he thought the song “Mrs. Robinson” made fun of him. Once Simon convinced him it was an homage, the men got along fine. Do you have a celebrity encounter to tell us about? Huey Lewis. Bonnie Raitt. William Shatner, Nichelle Nicoles, Walter Koenig. Rod Serling. All just a brief moment. I kissed Bonnie Raitt. But not the guys…
5) Art Garfunkle was the other half of Simon and Garfunkle. Art and Paul met in sixth grade, when were both in a school production of Alice in Wonderland. Tell us about one of your school theatrical appearances. I was a good actor but nerves failed to get me a part. It was my senior year drama. I didn’t get anything but the chorus part. On the first day of rehersals that the lead wasn’t there. Home sick. The director asked me to read the lead part so they could rehearse. When we were done, he asked why I was so good at it. “Why didn’t you do that during try-outs?” I explained my nerves. He said “I would have cast you.” The lead turned out to have mono. I never even met him. But I got the lead after all.
6) “Artie” used to love needling Paul about his height — or lack thereof. He maintained he was trying to be funny, but Paul thought is was mean and says the constant digs hurt. Is there anyone in your life who similarly enjoys teasing? None that I want out here.
7) Paul told NPR that his impulse to write new music has always come “in bursts.” He’ll go years without composing, and then he’ll write every day for months. Do you often feel creative? Yes. We all are. We our writing about our perceptions of our universe here.
8) In 1966, when this song was popular, First Daughter Luci Johnson married Patrick Nugent. Their reception was held at the East Room of the White House. The couple had an 8 ft. tall wedding cake and when the bride threw her bouquet, it was caught by her sister, Lynda. Sure enough, Lynda married a year later. Tell us about a wedding you attended (or your own). Which one of mine? Three marriages, three failures.
9) Random question: Which do you regret more — the times you were cautious or the times your were reckless? Cautious.
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