Saturday, 21 January 2012

GUEST SPOT #31 Art Garfunkel - Woyaya

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Art Garfunkel - Woyaya (1973)

This weeks Guest Spot is by @GrumpysShed 

“Over 35 years ago, whilst courting, I heard a couple of songs on one of the ‘non legit’ radio stations from an album by Art Garfunkel called ‘Angel Clare’. For a reason that I never found out it was not available in the UK so, at vast expense, I ordered the import from the US.

I was going through my first ‘folk’ period at that stage and was feeling a little romantic with the courting that I was doing – I was continually playing the track ‘All I know’ to my girlfriend – it must have worked since we’ve now got over 35 years of marriage behind us !

"...the jokes on me..."

However, when times have been tough and the road ahead a little uncertain we have both found that we think of the track ‘Woyaya’ which we find inspirational both musically and particularly the lyrics. ‘We will get there – heaven knows how but we’ll get there….’

There is much debate about whether the original by Osibisah is better but, because of the ‘consequences’ of the imported album we still prefer the Art Garfunkel version.

As a postscript, having worn out the vinyl I had equal difficulty in getting the CD and eventually my daughter bought it for me when visiting New York.”

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21 January 2012 at 09:39

I was surprised how much I liked this song. Art Garfunkel isn't high on my list of musical interests but this is really good. He does, of course, have a great voice. Funny you saying how hard it was to get hold of 'Angel Clare' because I can vividly remember seeing a copy in Boots back in the days when they sold albums.

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21 January 2012 at 09:56

Cant understand that I bought this Album when it first came out it was one of my favourites I just loved his take on the Jim Webb song 'All I know' He went on to record an album of all Jim Webb songs 'Watermark' a must hear. Woyaya I first heard on an Osabisa album. Great song.

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21 January 2012 at 19:04

My apoligies Mr Grumpy(one of my favourite books)I wrote comments before reading your post.I was so familiar with the song and album...i also had no problem with getting hold of the CD.

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22 January 2012 at 09:54

Just realised - this means that Art 'discovered' African music before Paul ever thought of it. He should sue.

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22 January 2012 at 15:55

Nice story, good tune. I'd never have been exposed to this (sounds like a virus) if it wasn't for the blog. Thanks Mr Shed, your comments are most welcome.

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