Wednesday’s Child

Paul Simon $ Art Garfunkel

Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel

The old nursery rhyme includes the following verses:

Monday’s child is fair of face. Tuesday’s child is full of grace. Wednesday’s child is full of woe. Thursday’s child has far to go. Friday’s child is loving and giving. Saturday’s child works hard for a living, But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.

I was born on a Monday, but I had to grow a beard. I’ve told my granddaughters that men who are not very good looking have to grow a mustache, and men who are really ugly have to grow a full beard.

By the looks of the above photo, both Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel may well have been born on a Monday. Many members of my generation love the music of Simon & Garfunkel. I was trying to find a song about Wednesdays, but the closest thing I could find was Simon & Garfunkel’s Wednesday Morning 3:00 AM. That was the title cut of one of their albums and is presented here for your listening pleasure.

One of the things I found interesting is that they later redid the song with a different melody and tempo… same words, but completely different song. They recorded it as “Somewhere They Can’t Find Me.”

One of the best things Paul Simon did when he went off on his own is travel to Africa and discover Ladysmith Black Mambazo

There is so much beautiful music in this world, it’s a shame we still find so many areas of the globe awash with the blood of warfare. It’s also a shame that so many beautiful singers die young. The other day I included a song by Karen Carpenter – a woman who died young as a result of an eating disorder. The man who sings the next song also died young. His problem is that he ate too much. At the time of his death, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – better known as ‘Iz’ – was dieting but still weighed well over six hundred pounds.

I guess we had quite an assortment of music today. That’s fine with me, because it was all good music. I liked it!

In the meantime, let’s hope and pray that the Wednesday’s children of the world who are unable to escape the war zones will someday be able to play in the sun and enjoy the music they like best.

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