Political Animal


December 26, 2012 8:21 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

Here’s some seasonal mood music: Simon and Garfunkel performing “Hazy Shade of Winter” in 2003.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • c u n d gulag on December 26, 2012 8:33 AM:

    Oh, thank you, Ed!
    I'd almost forgotten how great a song that is.
    But then, I think all of Simon & Garfunkle's songs are timeless and great.
    And all of Simon's solo work is, too. I think he, Dylan, and Springsteen, are the finest American poets we've had since the Beat Generation.

  • Tom Marney on December 26, 2012 10:37 AM:

    That album changed my idea of what music could be. My kids are impressed with it, too.

  • oldswede on December 26, 2012 11:40 AM:

    Victoria Soto, one of the teachers killed in the Newtown atrocity, lived in Stratford, Connecticut, as do I.
    Paul Simon came to her funeral with his guitar and sang "Sounds of Silence" during the service. This was Victoria Soto's favorite song, reportedly.

  • oldswede on December 26, 2012 3:16 PM:

    I should have added to my earlier post that Paul Simon's wife is a nurse and knows the Soto family through professional connections. He didn't just show up uninvited.

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