Too much time. Too little headway [ Work on Bookends slowed by the beginning of the new year, with John Simon's departure from Columbia. The " Bookends Theme " that opens and closes side one is played on the acoustic guitar , with no additional instruments.
The song "America" explores the search of meaning in the life of a young adult. Horns and other instruments are added when the duo cease singing, creating a turbulence that builds to a single high, sustained note on the strings. Side two consists of miscellaneous unrelated songs unused for The Graduate , with many possessing a more rock-based sound than the unified folk songs that precede it. They weren't well recorded. Robinson " opens with an "instantly recognizable" pop rock guitar hook that carries throughout the track.
The first verse consists only of syllables—"dee-dee-dee" and "doo-doo-doo"—that form stable harmonic foundation. According to disc jockey and author Pete Fornatale , the album perhaps shares thematic qualities with another concept album , the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band , released ten months prior. Pepper was notable for sonically colorful, psychedelic shapes, Bookends is starkly contrasted by moody, "black-and-white and gray" sounds.
Pepper's in a interview, commenting, "We were terribly impressed, and that shone a light on the path that led to Bookends. He felt the drug had a negative effect and caused him to "retreat more into myself.
He attributed "the pain that comes out in some of the songs is due to the exaggeration of being high. Bookends contains many of Paul Simon's major themes, including "youth, alienation, life, love, disillusionment, relationships, old age, and mortality". Simon, "feeling especially auteurist in the Dylan style of the day", had planned out the album's concept before he began writing, telling Garfunkel "I'm going to start writing a whole side of an album—a cycle of songs.
I want the early ones to be about youth and the last song to be about old age, and I want the feel of each song to fit. According to James Bennighof, the song "deals with individual crises in crowded urban settings, along with references to larger societal forces and at least a hint of some transcendent perspective".
It improbably takes an "abrupt left turn" in its third verse, when the singer begins to fantasize himself an admired soldier. Robinson " collects wide-ranging images to address social milieu, with a constant reassurance that Jesus loves the eponymous character, God will bless her, and heaven will welcome her. The song follows a hopeless poet, with "manuscripts of unpublished rhyme", unsure of his achievements in life.
The song cycle also describes the life and death of the romantic ideal of the American Dream. Prior to the release of the album, the band helped put together, and performed at, the Monterey Pop Festival , which signaled the beginning of the Summer of Love on the West Coast.
In January , the duo appeared on a Kraft Music Hall special, Three for Tonight , performing ten songs largely culled from their third album.
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