Sometimes I fall in love with a song, associate that song with a person and then because that song is imprinted on the person, I have a special place in my heart for that person. I think the first time this happened with with Simon and Garfunkel’s “59th St. Bridge Song”, also known as “Feeling Groovy”
I had never heard it until a talent show in fifth or sixth grade. But B., a boy who was (and is) a really good singer, wanted to sing it for the show and he recruited four or five other girls to sing it with him. I was not one of them, though I wanted to be. I loved a lot about this song, the nonsense melody ending in “feelin’ Groovy”, I loved how simple it was, and sweet. The group even did some choreography to fit the singing and it looked great. When I hear this song today, or sing it myself, I can still picture some of the choreography.
B. has grown up to be an outstanding guy. And I will always remember him as a 12-year-old boy singing, “slow down, you move too fast.”