Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Art Garfunkle--Scissors Cut

"Human speech is like a crooked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, when all the while we long to make music that will move the stars to pity."  Gustav Flaubert

The above was taken from the Scissors Cut booklet.  Yes, old friends.  Thirty years ago.  Sure, Paul's had a "nice little career."  But, Art. . .always overlooked. . .not quite the Ringo, of course, but not the songwriter, not the guitar player.  No, he couldn't craft a Boy In the Bubble. . .or play Mrs. Robinson on the guitar. . .but. . .that VOICE. . .On Scissors Cut, his masterpiece, he and producer Roy Halee start out with their homage to NYC, A Heart in New York and then throw three Jimmy Webb songs into the pot--any of which would make a best vocalist top ten any time. . .starting with Scissors Cut, In Cars (Paul adds a vocal on this one), and ending the album with That's All I've Got to Say, the Theme from "The Last Unicorn."  Also included are Up in the World , a Clifford T. Ward gem and The French Waltz by Adam Mitchell.

Incredibly, this album is cited as the low point of his career.  I, for one, would kill to have this be my low point.  Thanks, Art, for all of the great music.

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