His trademark soothing style entertains
AS a fitting opener for a Valentine's eve concert, Art Garfunkel sang ``A Heart In New York'' to 2,000 concertgoers at Boston's Symphony Hall.
During the course of his 20-song set, Garfunkel proved that his unmistakable voice and melodic music still have a foothold in pop music today, thanks to a base of loyal fans who have followed him through the years - with or without Paul Simon.
Last Sunday, Garfunkel and his six-person band ushered in an evening of nostalgia, love, and warm entertainment. The singer appeared in bluejeans, a blue shirt, brown vest, and a purple tie; and casually greeted the audience with a ``Howdy.'' Most concertgoers recognized all the tunes he crooned, among them: a twangy ``Homeward Bound,'' ``Scarborough Fair,'' ``I Only Have Eyes For You,'' ``Mrs. Robinson,'' a Caribbean-style ``Cecilia,'' and ``Cryin' in the Rain.''
Moments ranged from serious to giddy, from joyous to humorous. At one point Garfunkel joked, ``I don't know how many of you remember I used to be in the movies...'' (``Catch-22'' and ``Carnal Knowledge''). Then, referring to actor Jack Nicholson, he said, ``I'd have played the joker [in `Batman'] a little more low-key and wry.''
Garfunkel also pointed out that his female backup singer, ``the fabulous babe grabbing all the attention...,'' was his wife, Kim, whom he later referred to as ``the love of my life.''
Together they sang ``Water is Wide,'' which - after a timid start - ended up being sweet and heartfelt.
Other band members also enhanced Garfunkel's sincerity and warmth. Eric Weisberg displayed extraordinary banjo magic in his ``Duelin' Banjos,'' from the film ``Deliverance.''