Saturday, February 6, 2021
Sometimes you just want to start class with a song that's quiet and calm. Simon & Garfunkel's American Tune is about as chill as it comes. But it's hardly hopeful. They sing:
And I don't know a soul who's not been battered
I don't have a friend who feels at ease
I don't know a dream that's not been shattered
Or driven to its knees
Rolling Stone wrote about the song in 2020, describing it as a timeless "reflection of America's weary, restless mood," where we "dream of flying above it all while symbols of hope slowly recede from view."