Simon and Garfunkel are pure college Americana. They represent timeless intrigue in inquiry. Knowing without. How could we, as intellectuals, exist today without Mrs. Robinson, The Graduate, and questioning the American Government, sans these hip musicians and their whimsical poetry? This is the power of inquest in prose. They shed light on issues with melody and verse.
How far away have we come as a culture?
We could have gone it alone, but would we be less artsy, abstract- less trendy, less hip?
Where would the American hipster be?
Simon and Garfunkel are more than just two uniquely obscure poets. They enact frailty, open and honest, wounded individuals, not unlike the American counterculture, naked for judgment.
Their lyrics speak to those weeping from oppression, melancholic optimism, confused on policy, and in love and stuck in the United States we call home.
As relevant today as the beatniks of the 50’s and 60’s; a rose by another name, hipster, we can smile at sadness, this apathy, and laugh in the face of danger only with lyrics so true, they represent a walk down the mall on campus in the waxing summer sun.