In A Minute! (...Or Two): Ep. #27

Monday, May 18, 2020

Ep. #27: Featuring Prodigious Vocalist Jeffrey Bernstein
"America"




Paul Simon said of his craft: “It’s a mystery, writing songs. I think that is why I’ve been doing it for all this time. I like that mystery: 'How come I feel this way? Why do I hear this thing in my head, but can’t quite get it to come alive?' On those occasions that you do get it right, when you say what you want to say with music and words – the dopamine floods through your brain, and whoa! You’re hooked.”

Paul Simon gets it right again and again. His songs speak to us, his stories weave in and out of our own, and our journeys unite when we hear his music.

The original recording of “America” provides a true glimpse into the unison singing of Simon and Garfunkel. Jeffrey Bernstein, working alone, sings 7 separate tracks in this dazzling version of “America”.

“The music of Simon & Garfunkel was a large part of the soundtrack of my childhood. The intimacy of their singing and their incredible vocal blend completely captivated me, even as a child. Years later, once I had become a choral conductor I realized that the blended sound I try to achieve with choirs was directly inspired by the soulful singing of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.” – Jeffrey Bernstein