What’s not to like about the music of Simon and Garfunkel! It would be a disastrous show if the performers on stage did not do that wonderful music justice.
The nearly sold-out audience at the Pearson Lakes Art Center last Wednesday night was treated to a fabulous tribute to the words and music of the famous duo. Sean Altman of Rockapella fame and Song Writers Hall of Fame Buddy Holly Prize winner Jack Skuller gave us a show to remember. Altman is only 25 years old but is a very talented guitarist with a really nice voice. Skuller is about three decades older but an extremely talented song writer and singer. They have researched Simon and Garfunkel to the extent they understood not only the dynamic of performance but the personal struggles of the famous duo.
Between musical numbers, Altman and Skuller gave us an enlightening and humorous tutorial that pleased the audience.
Their costumes were colorful. I thought it was unique to see both of them using the same style and color of guitar. I can’t recall every seeing that before. Altman also played the harmonica and danced around the stage, occasionally doing the splits in order to draw cheers from us in the seats. Skuller just shook his head with a “he is young, let him do it” look on his face.
They treated us to a couple of Everly Brothers tunes during the show too. The audience appreciated those songs as well.
Altman began “Sounds of Silence” with a moving guitar solo. The old adage “you could hear a pin drop” describes how silent the audience was during the awesome rendition of that famous song.
There were only a couple of songs that I had never heard before. One was about a big white washing machine and how glad they were that they didn’t have to use a washing machine that you had to run the clothes through the wringer to get out to hang on a line to dry. I don’t think that it should be confused with the song “The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine” should it? That song was about Vietnam protestors. Perhaps my age is showing because I am confused about that song.
After intermission, the audience really got into participating. We kept the beat, danced in our seats and sang along with gusto at times. Skuller and Altman harmonized beautifully during “Scarborough Fair.” I really enjoyed “Cecilia” with its great beat and Skuller’s use of his guitar as a bass drum.
We just could not stop singing and swaying to “Mrs. Robinson.” They performed a magnificent rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” To round out the show, we all stood and sang along enthusiastically to “Homeward Bound.” It was a fitting conclusion to a spectacular evening of music. I, for one, hope they bring Altman and Skuller back again sometime. Perhaps they could do one night of Simon and Garfunkel and one night of the Everly Brothers. That would be awesome!