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And a little fiction by Miguela Holt y Roybal

Miguela Holt y Roybal

Miguela Holt y Roybal
New Mexico, USA
March 10
Monarch of All She Surveys
Miguela Holt y Roybal is my maiden name en Espanol. I am a retired schoolteacher and aspiring author looking for crumbs of beauty among the ruins. My novel has been a work in progress for longer than I care to admit. It is a postmodern pastiche of magical realism and about a young woman from New Mexico who goes to work in Washington, DC during the 1980s. She has been a longtime witness to the secret rituals of the Penitente culture in her home state and learns about herself and redemption as she sallies forth on her quest for novelty and adventure. I claim fair useage of images found on the internet that illustrate some of my posts. All contents copyrighted by the author unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.


OCTOBER 13, 2011 8:13PM

Feelin' Groovy

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Dear Paul Simon,
          A very happy 70th birthday to you, sir.  I read somewhere that you said that "The 59th Street Bridge Song" was the worst song you wrote in your opinion and I don't like to disagree with an artist about his own work, but I must. 
          I sang this song to all three of my children as a lullaby and we love it so much.  When I was in New York a couple of years ago, crossing the 59th Street Bridge, I almost broke into song but my daughter would have disapproved and so would've the cabbie.  Maybe in another life with a better voice.
          Thank you!  Every time I sing or hear the song, I feel groovy and that is still a very nice way to be.
          Miguela, Hillary, Charlotte, and Paul
P.S.  I love your other songs, too.  I could write a whole novel about my old friend and we do plan on a photo on a park bench when we are 70!  That is only a dozen years away.
Feelin' Groovy

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not to mention grateful lampposts, groovy post
I think you sing the song very well, dear.
I really like the song, too.
That song is a great one for kids. I remember learning it in elementary school. Another nice post.
It's a groovy song and I add my best birthday wishes for Mr. Paul Simon.
Dear Miquel,
watch'ya know'in?
So sweet! I love the image of you singing in a cab as your cross the 59th Street bridge. Lovely!
I got no deeds to do
No promises to keep
I'm dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep
Let the morning time drop all its petals on me
Life I love you. . . .
they told me what darkness was - and i am who i am because of that and the soles of my shoes
Too coincidental! I was going through Google looking for free songs and free chords with free backing tracks and this was one of them. I love this song, it always makes me smile~~
Damon--Thanks from me and the lamposts.

Toritto--Paul and Art made beautiful music together and seperately. Thanks for stopping by to comment :D.

Sir Robert--You are too kind as usual.

Chucky--You have very good taste and I wonder where you get it from.
Me, too. Still "feelin' it after all these years!"
MaryS--Can you believe he didn't like this song? I am sure it sounds adorable with young voices.

TinkN--This is a song that gets me into the groove.

Ume--I come to watch your flowers growin'.
Sally--If you had been in the cab to encourage me, I might have sung the song. I certainly wanted to!

Chicago Guy--Thanks for reminding me of PS's birthday. I couldn't let it go by without scolding him for criticizing the song nor for wishing him a happy 70th birthday. He is still charming us and his music certainly holds up after all these years. The lyrics you mentioned are the very words that get to me every time.
Snowden--My girlfriend and I used to play his songs on the guitar together and Sounds of Silence and Scarborough Fair were our favorites. With the Beatles S and G were the soundtrack to my teen years. Yours, too, I see. Thanks.

Scanner--Maybe this is a song we could both work on to sing and play on the guitar together one day. That would be very cool.

Matt--Thanks for not abbreviating "far out" like we used to ;D.
Absolutely! Happy Birthday to a great musician, the singer who talks. Great choice of subject and a fine tribute. R
70.. say it aint so.. seems like yesterday we were all young..
70.. wow
Got no deeds to do, no promises to keep, I'm dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep. (off to bed)
I love this song, Paul Simon, and the word "groovy". All three make me smile. And like it or not...he gave this song to the world and it's too late to take it back.
You can't hear this song and not smile. Thanks.
Love Paul Simon. How would the movie, "The Graduate," have made it without Simon and Garfunkel? -R-
Wonderful song. I'm still feeling groovy after all these years!!
Love Simon and Garfunkel ... but Paul is 70! Really???? Well, now I AM feeling old!!! No wait ... I'm feeling GROOVY!!!!

I've got no deeds to do, no promises to keep
I'm dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep
Let the morning time drop all its petals on me

Life I love you, all is groovy

Gotta agree: "slow down, you move too fast"--words it wouldn't hurt to take to heart once in a while. I've always kinda felt the music died when Simon and Garfunkle split
Miguela, thanks for this wonderful tribute! Hard to believe that he is now 70. His musical collaboration with Art Garfunkel remain my all time favorite memories of him.
It's so fun to say`
I just wanted to `
Agree. Slow down.
The faster we go we
get bigger behinds.
We 'ought' to hush.
Hear the inner`Self.
Avoid chatter-minds.
Hear the Holy-Spirit.
Muse. Find Silence.
How can he be 70!!
Great birthday tribute~
Not only do I love that song, but I love that bridge! Great post. I can't believe he is 70.
Believe it or not, I didn't know this song. Love it! Should be my groovy mantra - undoubtedly improve my day. Lovely image of you singing this to your children, sharing its joy, and restraining from singing this (maintaining the joy?). Thank you.
slip slidin away today, mz. M!
"God only knows
God makes his plan
The information's unavailable
To the mortal man
We work our jobs
Collect our pay
Believe we're gliding down the highway
When in fact we're slip slidin' away.
Slip Slidin' Away"
la da de da da da da, feelin' groovy.

the man gave us a lot of great music. may he give is much more before he's through.