Can a voice be more perfect?

I bruise you, you bruise me
We both bruise too easily
Too easily to let it show
I love you and that’s all I know

These are the opening lyrics of one of my favorite songs.
Not one of my favorite Art Garfunkel songs. One of my favorite songs. Period.
Following the breakup of the duo Simon and Garfunkel, Paul Simon soared as a solo act giving the impression he was the real talent of the two. That’s probably right, when it comes to song writing for sure. But Art Garfunkel was always my favorite. I loved his voice. And when he released the album “Angel Clare” in 1973, I played the 8-track over and over in my car until it finally wore out. That my mother’s name was Claire (spelled a bit differently) contributed to the attraction, I’m sure.
Interestingly, a few years ago I had a student named Angela Clare in one of my classes at the community college. You just know I introduced her to the album.
I’ve introduced dozens of students to the album, actually, particularly the song “That’s All I Know” from which the above lyrics are taken.
This typically occurs when someone has just broken up or is about too. I share these lyrics from deeper into the song:

Endings always come at last
Endings always come too fast
They come too fast
But they pass to slow
I love you and that’s all I know

I have yet to find anyone who disagrees.

(Art Garfunkel, now 76 years old, will perform at the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre Tuesday night, May 8. Not sure I can make it, but I’m sure gonna try.)

Ed Ackerman