Tuesday, April 7, 2020

April, Come She Will—Murfin Home Confinement Music Festival 2020

April, Come She Will by Simon and Garfunkel.

It’s the most beautiful day yet here in McHenry County—mostly sunny with temperatures north of 70° with a light zephyr.  Warm enough to go out in my shirtsleeves for my daily walk and even to raise a mild sweat.  I could have broken out my straw cowboy hat, but I know I will be back in my old felt Stetson later in the week.  Outside the daffodils are finally out in full force and lawns are so green that mowers are getting pulled out and readied for work.  At home all of the windows are open and I even have my table fan cooling me at my desk as I pound this out.

Shortly before the release American release of the Sounds of Silence album Simon included April, Come She Will  on his British solo album The Paul Simon Songbook.  It was not available in the US until 1981 when it was included in a box set,  Paul Simon: Collected Works.
All of which begs the question—is it too early to trot out a second Simon and Garfunkel song for the Murfin Home Confinement Music Festival?  April, Come She Will is a Paul Simon tune off the duo’s second album Sounds of Silence in 1965.  As a single it was released as the B side of Scarborough Fair.  The song was also released as a solo that year on the British album The Paul Simon Songbook.  It got even more notice when it was included along with Mrs. Robinson and The Sounds of Silence on the soundtrack from The Graduate. 

The version we are sharing today comes from Simon And Garfunkel’s famed 1980 free Concert in Central Park before an audience of more than 500,000.  A double record live album of the concert on Columbia Records went triple platinum in sales.  The song featured Garfunkel’s soft tenor voice and Simon’s meticulous guitar work.

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